I am a Chicago based artist an abstract painter in love with color, shape and gestural mark making. My work/live space is in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood and I share the studio with my 2 big dogs and 3 cats - all rescue animals.
I am experienced in collaborating with interior designers, architects and art advisors as well as private individuals to place existing and create commissioned artworks.
I received my BFA in painting from the University of Illinois at Urbana / Champaign and have received several grants and awards including an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship and a CAAP Individual Artist Grant from the City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs. My work is represented in numerous private and corporate collections.WORK STATEMENT
I explore modernist inspired subject matter positioned within a contemporary context. Skirting the line between beauty and raw expression, I experiment with intense hues, bold color combinations and gestural line work. This work is spontaneous and energetic starting simply with color and shape the work expands intuitively to include mixed media, unconventional materials and collage. Within a loose abstracted structure, I am working to maintain a certain purity of color and clarity of composition. I am interested in the formal exercise of pushing and balancing these combinations. Pattern / Abstraction (painting)
Working with structure, figure and geometric shape these paintings began as studies in composition and color. I draw inspiration from textile and design along with influences from my own mixed media collage works
. Pulling from graphic imagery such as the houndstooth pattern, I repeat and break apart the rhythm while introducing abstract, gestural and painterly elements.
While playing around with the houndstooth pattern, I found myself researching news on the Syrian conflict and then consequently looking at hundreds of images of Syrian rebels, both men and women, wearing these graphically patterned scarves often juxtaposed with vibrant colors in their clothing and surroundings and I began integrating them into the work. With a particular focus on their keffiyeh, I reduce the images to disembodied elements of color and pattern and view the patterns as a type of camouflage as well as tribal adornment. There is so much about this line of exploration that interests me both culturally and politically and the collision of my formal studies with the rebel/war imagery creates an intensity that is motivating my push in this direction. Modernist Studies (variable edition paintings)
These hybrid print/paintings are inspired by a series of my small mixed media sketch studies,
which I have reproduced and painted in variable editions of 15. Each painting in the edition contains unique departures in color, gesture, composition and scale. These commissioned paintings range in size from 15 x 15 inches and can go as large as 90 x 90 inches. Figurative Abstraction (painting)
I use the figure as a structural means from which to build a composition, introduce line, discover shape and contain color. I am not interested in traditional depiction, but rather how the figure can be integrated and evolve into a more abstract expression.Pattern / Geometric Abstraction (work on paper)
These mixed media collage works are experimental studies using a variety of traditional and non-traditional materials such as duct tape, artist tape, acrylic, graphite, charcoal, screen print and vinyl wall covering. Focusing on simple shapes and a vibrant palette, I build playful abstractions that are meant to capture a sense of energy and movement embedded within a thought, feeling or idea. Figurative Collage (work on paper)
Using fragments of figure drawings, geometric shapes, bold colors and a full range of materials, I am forever interested in how the varying elements combine, compete, repel and harmonize with each other. Abstract Interiors (work on paper)
These mixed media collages are vibrant, energetic, playful small works that are experimental practices for reworking into larger paintings.