About

b. 1982, Newport NH – Lives and works in Traverse City, MI

ARTIST STATEMENT

I find inspiration in the landscape. My paintings are as much about the world we make as they are about the world that makes us. I am especially interested in the interaction between the built environment and its geography, trees and plants, and in the quality of light and color unique to each location. Trees, buildings, telephone poles, plants and geography are all cast members interacting on a stage in my paintings. The story they tell is the story of how we create our environment and how it shapes us. I think of each painting as building an image that captures something of an individual landscape’s growth and development and its unique environmental conditions. I work in a variety of media, including oil paint, gouache, and acrylic, on a variety of surfaces, including linen, wood panel, aluminum, and handmade paper.

I work from observation, either out in the field (en plein air) or in the studio. I aim to make direct, dynamic, and vibrant paintings of the ordinary spaces we occupy in everyday life and I hope these paintings - or even just one of these paintings - speaks directly to you.  If so, let me know, I would love to hear from you.

I also welcome commissions, please contact me with inquiries.


ABOUT THE ARTIST

Tomorrow (and who we will become) seems to be always just out of focus.  But at some point early in life, squinting into the future, I saw a person infatuated with the quality of light, who wanted to capture the essence of air, and the presence of place, who wanted to sing with color, celebrate the paradox of ordinary life, capture moments fractured and forming, abrupt but enduring, and to do so with pictures made from a fluid and shapeshifting substance called paint. And I knew I wanted to be that painter.

I can’t imagine a life without painting and making pictures, but I’ve taken a few detours and hiatuses, a series of public projects during graduate school for example, and several demanding years at a video game startup. In addition to being a painter, I’m also a father, a husband, a gardener, a designer and builder of things, and a software development professional leading and supporting teams and product development in the video game industry for the past 8 years.

After explorations into sculpture, performance, new media, and abstract pictorial composition, I decided a few years ago to bring my observational painting practice back into focus. I have found this is where I am most fulfilled as an artist.  My early exposure to artists like Giorgio Morandi, Rackstraw Downes, Chuck Close, Georges Seurat, David Hockney, and maybe most importantly my studies with Stanley Lewis at Dartmouth College and Chautauqua School of Art instilled in me the importance of direct observation and the range of potential expression.


 

Selected Exhibitions & Events

2019
3rd Annual AIS Impressions Small Works Showcase, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, MI
Paint Grand Traverse, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Traverse City, MI

2018
Paint Grand Traverse, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Traverse City, MI

2017
Fall Plein Air International Paint Out, Blue Ridge Arts Association, Blue Ridge, GA

2015
Paper Doll, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

2014
New Growth, Drew University, Madison, NJ

2012
In-Transit, Homecoming! Collective Popup Video Projection Series, Fort Worth, TX

2011
Virtual Public Art Project @ Philadelphia International Fine Arts Festival
Temporary Occupants, Eastfield College, Mesquite TX
Appearances: Provincetown Green Arts Festival, Provincetown MA
On Wheels, Brand 10 Artspace, Fort Worth TX

2010
Joan Mitchell Foundation 2009 MFA Grant Exhibition, CUE Art Foundation, New York NY
Launch 11, Blue Star Contemporary Art, San Antonio TX
Launch 11, Salt Lake Arts Center, Salt Lake City UT
Ripe, Leedy-Volkous Art Center, Kansas City MO
Chautauqua: A Continuum of Creativity, Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York NY

2009
Engineering Eden, Penelec-Bowman-Megahan Art Galleries at Allegheny College, Meadville PA
2009 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award Exhibition, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton NJ
The Reshaped World, Washington Art Association, Washington Depot CT
Blackout, Waterpod @ Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York NY
browser, inter-actor, coauthor, producer, nomad, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown MA
eMotion Summer Arts Festival, Dartmouth College, Hanover NH
Flora: Growing Inspirations, U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington D.C.
Square Foot, Rogue Space Gallery, New York NY
Field Work, H Gallery, Houston TX
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Mason Gross Galleries atRutgers University, New Brunswick NJ

2008
Park(ing) Day Redux, EYEBEAM Art & Technology Center, New York NY
Conflux Festival, New York NY
Snap to Grid, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles CA
Democracy, H Gallery, Houston TX
Park(ing) Day, New York NY
Baltimore Sculpture Project, Baltimore MD
Doppelganger, Mason Gross Galleries at Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ
Art Student Exhibition 2008, ISE Cultural Foundation, New York NY

2007
2007 First Year MFA Exhibition, Mason Gross Galleries at Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ
The Scavenger Hunter’s Notebook, Space II III IV, Highland Park NJ
CSA Student Exhibition, Logan Gallery, Chautauqua NY
Recent Work by Colleen Gleason and Justin Shull, Tufts Street Gallery, Arlington MA

2005
Perspectives on Design Award Show, Jaffe Friede Galleries at Dartmouth College, Hanover NH
17th Street Group Exhibition, Kansas City MO

AWARDS, GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS

2010
ITI ThinkTank5 Fellowship

2009
CAA Professional Development Fellowship
Joan Mitchell Foundation 2009 MFA Grant
International Sculpture Center (ISC) Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award

2007-2009
Visual Arts Teaching Assistantship, Rutgers University

2004
Richter Research Grant (Dartmouth College)
Peter D. Smith Initiative Award (Dartmouth College)
Marcus Heiman-Martin Rosenthal ’56 Achievement Award (Dartmouth College)
2004 Perspectives On Design Award (Dartmouth College)

TEACHING

2015-2016
Adjunct Instructor, Rutgers University - Courses Taught: Art Appreciation Online

2010-2011
Adjunct Lecturer, Southern Methodist University – Courses Taught: Introduction to Drawing, Digital Foundations Lab
Adjunct Professor, Texas Christian University – Courses Taught: Sculpture; Design and Color

2008-2009
Drawing Instructor , Rutgers University

2007-2009
Papermaking Intern, Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions, Rutgers University

2002
Drawing Teaching Assistant, Dartmouth College, Drawing, Spring

EDUCATION

2009
MFA, Visual Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

2004
BA, Studio Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

2007, 2003
Chautauqua Institution School of Art, Chautauqua , NY, Studio Art Studies

2001
American University, Corciano, Italy, Studio Art and Art History Studies