My landscape paintings are a record of moments encountered. These scenes are not only visual experiences, but they conjure emotions and memories far beyond communicating through words.
I work in both a studio environment and plein air, painting predominantly in oil on paper, canvas, and wood panels. My methods vary from the direct approach of alla prima painting, to the traditional indirect style of subtle layers of thinly glazed color.
My goal with each new painting is to create work that will give the viewer a moment to pause and reflect. I am drawn to imagery that is not only beautiful and scenic, but at times slightly unsettling, haunting and awe inspiring. Storms, fast moving clouds, large expanses of water and the fleeting effects of light are common themes throughout my paintings. Additionally, my work is greatly influenced by travel, as I document my surrounding environment through paintings, sketches and photographs.
While my work would be categorized as representational, my focus is not on creating a realistic picture, it is in evoking emotion and depicting a sense of atmosphere. A moment of quiet reflection and perhaps self discovery in this chaotic world we live in. An exploration of the quiet beauty in both the mundane and extraordinary. It is through the act of art-making that I strive to call attention to what is already there, but seldom noticed and often overlooked.
Edward Duff: A Collection of Seascapes – Black Lotus Brewing Company / 2009
Hatchback XI – HATCH Gallery – Juried / Statewide / 2017
Michigan Annual XLIV – Anton Art Center – Juried / Statewide / 2017 / *Second Place – Gathering Storm
103rd Annual Gold Medal Exhibition – The Scarab Club – Juried / 2016
Think Small ’16 – Lawrence Street Gallery – Juried /2016 / *Honorable Mention – Dusk
Blooms, Bugs, Beasts – The Scarab Club / 2016
BBAC Faculty Exhibition – Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center / 2016
Michigan Annual XLIII – Anton Art Center – Juried / Statewide / 2016 / *Honorable Mention – Storm Over Sea #5
Small Works – The Northville Art House – Juried / 2015 / * First Place / Best in Show – Dusk
101st Annual Gold Medal Exhibition – The Scarab Club – Juried / 2014 / *First Place / Gold Medal – Storm Over Sea #5
Faces & Portraits – Grosse Pointe Art Center – Juried / 2012
Student & Faculty Show – Paint Creek Center for the Arts / 2011 – 2014
Wayne State University, 2009, Detroit, MI
College of Fine, Performing & Communication Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts: Painting (Magna Cum Laude)