Every kid is an explorer, drawing and creating and exercising their imagination in the world. Artists are the kids who keep drawing and keep creating. Rembrandts coffee shop was always a place I loved drawing at when I was younger. I would stay there all day, eating their baguettes, drinking coffee, and drawing. Many people have talent, or the desire to do something. What separates the ones who leave those abilities dormant and the ones who become extremely successful in their craft is 10,000 hours of practice. You could say my practice began in Rembrandts, drawing in their pews inspired by the warm ambiance and high caffeine intake. In 2009 I went into a gallery here in Eagle and saw the work of Venture Coy. When I saw his work I knew immediately this was my calling. I then enrolled in private oil painting classes at his studio. Learning the techniques of oil painting opened up infinite doors for me. I was 14 years old, and the other students averaging around 60. Some of my favorite memories in life are from that class every Monday night with Venture, Steve, Madeline, and Lois. In 2010 entering 10thgrade of high school, I told my parents I was going to attend Arts West School for the Performing and Visual Arts. At Arts West I trained with Jim O’Halloran, who taught me drawing, art history, and life as we know it. He is one of the greatest characters I know, who really helped me open up as a person and grow into the artist I am today.
I am always looking for new mediums to experiment with. I carry a micron pen and sketchbook under my arm everywhere I go. Seriously, everywhere; to the store, friends’ houses, dinner- everywhere. The sketchbook is my brain, and also where I articulate ideas for projects/commissions. For paintings I use primarily oil, somtimes watercolor, and mixed media, collage, and found materials in the manner of James Castle. I draw frequently with India ink with a metal nib pen, a technique I learned from Jim O’Halloran at Arts West.
My inspiration and or motivation/energy for making work comes purely from a good ole cuppa joe. Life has such beautiful contrasts. There are so many subjects to study. In 2014 I moved to Manhattan, as an explorer, and lived in Harlem at 149thst and Broadway. I embarked on undergraduate studies in 2014 at Parsons School of Design- where I took classes such as Walking as Research Practice with Lydia Matthews, Imagined Geographies with Selena Kimball, Nonfiction Drawing with Heide Fasnacht, Drawing the Imagination with Kate Teale, Drawing/Imaging: People with Jon DeMartin, and Painting with Mira Schor and Peter Rostovsky. I graduated from Parsons with my BFA Fine Arts in May 2018. The city inspires me the same way the river inspires me here in Idaho. Painting is predicated upon opposites, natural vs artificial, lightness vs darkness, hard edge vs soft edge, warm color vs cool color. The relationships between city and nature are major interests of my practice.
My work always starts with a walk. I am a psychogeographer, observing the details of the natural to create something artificial. Principles of perspective, shadow, and reflection are always at play in my work. Painting and drawing from observation is a crucial aspect of this process. My practice addresses the role of the monument, and how architectural symbols and characters of place conduct a performance of inhabiting space. In recent projects, I walk, draw, paint en plain air, map, and discover the context in which images can transform the potentialities of the city and self within. I am after all a Romanticist, exploring the sublime landscape, man-made and natural, where one contemplates the inevitable one.
Painting en plain air in Idaho I set up an easel in the landscape and use oil paint to record an image in conversation with impressionism and regionalism. I incorporate figures when possible, as they are as much part of the space as the trees that hardly move. Painting en plain air around the city I tend to use watercolor, finding a park bench or cafe to sit at, then focusing on architectural niches and moments where time suspends and allows for me to make an articulate study.
The maps I create are accumulations of the greatest aspects of all cities and forms in nature, cherishing the street in protest to le Corbusier and paying homage to great writings by Italo Calvino and Rem Koolhaas. My main interest is in making images and manipulating paint. Architecture, music, and history are curiosities that all drive me out into the world. My work can also be viewed at Maison Blue in downtown Eagle. Anyone can create! But to create art, music, and poetry, you must practice. I hope my work opens your eyes to the things you’ve never seen in the world around you.