Artist statement

Since first picking up a paintbrush in the Spring of 2012, I’ve been fascinated by the expansion of my own consciousness and how these insights - inspired by my explorations into daily meditation and studies of eastern wisdom/mysticism - might intersect, impact, and direct the creative process. 

My influence is drawn from two primary sources: 

1. Ancient Hindu and Buddhist art (called ‘Thangkas’ in Tibetan Buddhism) that work like visual ‘teaching tools’ designed to inform and transform the consciousness of the viewer by lifting them into different states of awareness.


2. Parables and Fables: short, simple narratives designed to gently push us beyond the intellectual constraints of the mind and into the deeper roots of our common, shared consciousness. 

My goal is to merge these two creative methods of instruction, expressed using situations and imagery that reflects our contemporary world. The transience of physical existence, the dangers of blindly catering to our egos, the realization of our innate divine nature, and the need to understand the inherent unity of all living beings, are just some of the concepts I’ve been exploring through these paintings. 

My work also addresses the many questions raised by perceived reality, that hazy state of uncertainty where the potential to awaken is dependent on our willingness to draw back the veil of the material world and see into the subtler reaches of human consciousness and spirit. This new way of ‘seeing’ goes beyond the limitations of mere eyesight, unlocking an inner vision that not only transforms my consciousness from within, but directs me to take creative action. 

Perhaps these contemplative Insight Parables - each one like a light strung along an endless path of self-discovery - might inspire others to arouse a similarly expansive realm within their own hearts and minds, the ultimate goal being a more fully awakened individual . . . one empowered with courage, wisdom, and compassion. 


Education

2009/2010 School Of Visual Arts, New York City, NY

2004 MA Visual/Media Arts, Emerson College, Boston, MA

1997 BA History, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

Upcoming Exhibitions

2019 - Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Fridley, MN

2019 - Ambiente Gallerie, Minneapolis, MN 

2018 - Pierre Bottineau Library, Minneapolis, MN

2018 - East Lake Library, Minneapolis, MN 

Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

2017 - Featured Artist, Washburn Library, Minneapolis, MN

2017 - Active Sensibilities, Art Reach St. Croix, Stillwater, MN 

2017 - Featured Artist, Ambiente Gallerie, Minneapolis, MN

2017 - Featured Artist, Augsburg Park Library, Richfield, MN 

2017 - Featured Artist, Eden Prairie Library, Eden Prairie, MN

2016 - Featured Artist, Frameworks, St. Paul, MN

Group Exhibitions

2017 - 5th Annual C4W: Call For Work, Gamut Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2017 - Autumn Fine Arts Show, Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association, Minneapolis, MN

2017 - NorthStar Watermedia National Juried Exhibition, Brainard, MN 

2017 - Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Show, St. Paul, MN

2017 - Co-Lab 2017, The Show Gallery Lowertown, St. Paul, MN

2017 - Art Kudos 2017 online exhibition; www.artshow.com

2017 - Celebration Of Community, Undercroft Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2016 - 4th Annual C4W: Call For Work, Gamut Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2016 - Smorgasbord, The New Bohemian Gallery, Brainerd, MN

2016 - No Stone Unturned, Silverwood Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2016 - NorthStar Watermedia National Juried Exhibition, Lakeville, MN

2016 - Fall Fine Arts Show, Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association, Minneapolis, MN

2016 - Clean/Wholesome Living, Your Art’s Desire, Minnetonka, MN

2016 - Savage Arts Council Competition & Show, Juried Exhibition, Savage, MN

Awards

2017 - 3rd Place Award, NorthStar Watermedia National Juried Exhibition, Blaine, MN

2017 - Best In Show, Celebration Of Community, Undercroft Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2016 - 3rd Place Award, Fall Fine Arts Show, Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association, Minneapolis, MN

2016 - 2nd Place Award, NorthStar Watermedia National Juried Exhibition, Lakeville, MN

Reviews & Citations

Sleet Magazine, Spring/Summer 2017; “Irregulars.” 

St. Croix Valley Magazine, June, 2017; “Awakening With Art”

Stillwater Gazette, Stillwater, MN; January 7, 2017

Forest Lake Area Lowdown, Washington County, MN; January 6, 2017

Country Messenger, St. Croix Valley; December 28, 2016, “A Playful, Dark Exhibition”

Northeaster, Minneapolis, MN; October 5, 2016, “Art & About”

Razor Lit Magazine, www.razorlitmag.com/issue-2-spring-2016/ Spring 2016, “Featured Gallery Artist”

Collections

Private collection, Los Angeles, CA

Affiliations/Volunteer Work

Active member, North East Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA)

2017 Panelist, MN State Arts Board, Arts Access Grant

2012 - 2014 Soap Factory volunteer, Minneapolis, MN

2011 - 2013 Organizer/host of local Meet-Up group Uptown Artists Forum, Minneapolis, MN

2009 - 2011 Volunteer artist for N.Y. Cares (designed and painted various murals in grade schools throughout New York City)