Size: 12.5"W x 16.5"H x 1.5"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
This piece was inspired by a painting I saw while window shopping in Seattle. The inspiration was a thick pallet-knife painting of a couple standing in the rain. I was thinking about that painting when I was doodling after work one day- I started with the umbrella and the man, and then added his companion. The clouds and the path filled themselves in as I continued to draw. I like how the clouds seem to be interested in the couple; and that the rain that comes from them starts to build their linear landscape. This drawing comes matted in a hand-made frame (wooden and simple) that has it sit 1" in; like a diorama that you are looking into on their lives.
My work is about how humans interact with this world, one another, and cope with life during day-to-day activities. I have a lot of fun with the drawings. They often are on the edge between subconscious and intention. They start out as doodles on the phone; little figures that appear to me while distracted, but then I need to build an environment around them with color and shapes.
First, thanks for checking out my work! Second, I can't explain why I make work. I just know I need to; when I close my eyes to sleep at night, often times I see images of the cartoon-like figures that appear in the drawings, or bright colors that should be combined together in a painting. I can't fall asleep until I sketch it down somewhere. Making work, be it paintings, drawings, or ceramics, is what I can't stop thinking about. When I was younger I was afraid that artists run out of ideas as they get older... Now I'm afraid I won't have time to put all my ideas on paper or into sculpture. My story is that I loved making and went to art school. I majored in ceramics and painting at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. After working internships in museums and with artists, I wanted to try a different career and currently have a day job. My goal is to get these figures out in the art world and bring joy to others.