Another World Inside the Walls recalls a fantasy world to which I would dream of escaping through the wall of my bedroom when I was a child. I wanted to evoke both the landscape as well as the emotional dream-like quality. A large grasshopper in the second panel invites looking for images and their juxtaposition. Throughout I’ve included images of Alice and the Caterpillar, famous of his “Who are you?” question, a series of 19th century European houses, a farmer woman holding back a cow in Julien Dupre’s painting In The Pasture, as well various passages from books regarding childhood, emotional development, and the role of imagination.
The style here reflects my research at the time into the work of Joan Mitchell and Willem de Kooning. Despite the strength of the influences, this was one of first paintings where I truly and deeply felt involved and invested in the process.
48 in by 80 in, acrylic and mixed media on masonite, 2012.
In the Spring of 2012, I was finishing up Painting IV at Brevard College and I wanted to do a piece that somehow honored the landscape of south-eastern Ohio, where I had grown up. I found inspiration in the paintings of Yangyang Pan, particularly her abstract landscapes from 2010. I really appreciate her open compositions and the rhythmic application of paint. For a further challenge, I decided to work with a triadic color scheme of secondary colors, that is: purple, orange, and green.
Guillaume de Machaut is one of my absolute favorite composers. He was a composer of religious and secular pieces of polyphonic music in the 14th Century. Along with Josquin de Prez of the 15th century, Machaut was really the start of my interest in medieval culture. The modern day recordings we have of Machaut’s music are so wonderfully textural and beautiful that they are a frequent choice while I am painting. I wanted to produce a work in tribute of Machaut and this is it. I really don’t feel that it does the subject justice, so I plan to produce more in the future.
15¾ in by 12 in, acrylic and polymer gel transfer on wood panel, 2011.
During mixed media class, I made a series of 3 paintings inspired by the Billy Collins poem “Introduction to Poetry.” For this painting, I painted the surface pink, spray-painted it black and then applied a dollop of white gesso. Two pounds of strawberries were then carefully placed into the gesso and then violently hammered into the surface with a 2×4. Once dry, everything was coated in acrylic polymer gel to prevent the piece from rotting.
18 in by 15 in, strawberries, spraypaint and acrylic on canvas, 2011.
During mixed media class, I made a series of 3 paintings inspired by the Billy Collins poem “Introduction to Poetry.” I was inspired by a series of monoprints made with rotting bananas by the artist Dieter Roth. I wrapped up two pounds of strawberries in canvas tied up tight with twine. The bundle was then placed in Kings Creek for ten days under a bridge weighed down by a piece of broken concrete. After the canvas was dry, I selected an area for the character and composition of the stains, cropped it, stretched it, and coated it with polymer gel to protect the stains and surface.
18 in by 15 in, acrylic, library card on stained canvas, 2011.
During mixed media class, I made a series of 3 paintings inspired by the Billy Collins poem “Introduction to Poetry,’ in which he describes a difficulty found in teaching poetry. He also describes a way I like to think about art as experience and a means of expression. A line from this poem, “press an ear against its hive,” was written in a few pages of my sketchbook as a reminder of what I hope to accomplish.
15 in by 18 in, acrylic, gel transfer, and paper on canvas, 2011.