Art is the living and concrete proof that man is capable of restoring consciously, and thus on the plane of meaning, the union of sense, need, impulse and action characteristic of the live creature. --John Dewey

 

 

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The ten paintings each depict a naked person in a space caught between the two-dimensional bounds of the canvas and the three-dimensionality of their own rendering.

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These larger paintings are based on photographic references from the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. They are a follow-up series to the Natural History paintings, showing more compositional experimentation, but similar handling of light.

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What Is Truth? (2013)

10 paintings

Science and Industry (2011)

11 paintings

 

 

The setting is a cluttered bedroom. The figures have been reduced in size relative to their surroundings. As the viewer enters the scene a new paradigm is created for understanding the psychological interior of the figures.

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I started grinding my own oil paint. Process and unpredictability. The paintings started as ink drawings of ballerinas in slums. Those were scanned into the computer and painted in photoshop. Those were printed and glued to boards.

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Discard U.S.A. (2007)

6 paintings

Global Ballet (2007)

10 paintings

 

 

These paintings have the American Museum of Natural History as their setting. They were initially inspired by St. John of the Cross's book "Dark Night of the Soul" and Odillon Redon's drawings of the insides of cathedrals.

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Each of these women represents a different person in the Holy Trinity; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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Natural History (2006)

6 paintings

Trinity (2006)

3 paintings

 

 

These smaller paintings are based on, and intended to illustrate, Campus Crusade for Christ's evangelical tract on the "Four Spiritual Laws."

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These paintings were made, without photographic references, in 2001, between when I finished college and started graduate school, while I lived with my Grandparents in Oneonta, Upstate NY.

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Four Laws (2004)

4 paintings

Oneonta (2001)

7 paintings

 

 

In the summer of 2000, my brothers and some friends came and posed for me in the basement where I grew up. My interest in the painter Lucian Freud is evident.

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Basement (2000)

6 paintings

 

Archives

 

 

Each of these is painted on site, taking around two hours to make. There nothing else like standing inside a landscape, attempting to wrestle a story about it onto the canvas.

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Some of these drawings go back at least ten years. Many of them are figure studies, made while in graduate school at the New York Academy of Art.

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Plein Air Landscapes

20 paintings

Drawings

88 drawings