I was born in 1957 in Great Bend, Kansas and spent nearly half of my life there. It's a vast and relatively unvaried space. It's highly farmed, but it's ultimately untameable. Ordinary objects seen within this vastness gain unusual significance through isolation. Because of this, I am interested in subjects that are lone, broken, worn out or unworthy. I seek to evoke the seeming austerity, volition and power they possess. On the other hand, I want to expose just how that sense of power is created in a painting. It can be fabricated through illusion, formal devices and memes. I play both sides of belief and doubt as it seems more honest. Most importantly, I want to make "humane" paintings. Works that expose what's behind the curtain and a vulnerable underbelly while maintaining a sense of the ineffable.
I began showing in the 80's. Selected chronological solo shows include: Kansas City Artists Coalition, Birmingham Art Center, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, a 10 year survey accompanied by a catalog at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, William and Joseph Gallery, Santa Fe, and 5 more at Jonathan Ferrara. Group shows include both national and international venues. My work has been reviewed in Art in America, New Orleans Journal of Art Criticism, Times Picayune, Gambit Weekly and Journal Santa Fe. I have received grants from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, the Pollack Krasner Foundation through the Santa Fe Art Institute, the Andy Warhol Foundation through the Contemporary Arts Center and Liquitex Paint. I've had residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute and the International Artists Colony in Debrecen, Hungary. My work was purchased for the permanent collections of the Fredrick Wiseman Foundation in Los Angeles, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the State of Louisiana, the City of Debrecen and the Korean artist, Lee Bul. …Read More