About

STATEMENT

I am inspired and influenced by visual opposites: the clean lines of mid-century design and rough tribal art, hard-edged geometric textiles and raw and primitive gestural marks. And while I’m not religious, also in the mix is this attraction to two-dimensional icons and occult symbols, rustic chapels, and altars. I am searching for a satisfying union of these visual influences while aiming to work my paintings into something that has the same feeling as you might achieve in meditation, revelation or long awaited resolve.

I like the juxtaposition of patterns and blocks of color, the strangeness of some of the shapes, and allowing it all to exist together. In a lot of my paintings there are large areas of dark, leaving room for uncertainty / contemplation / paradox.


ABOUT

I have been creating, exhibiting, and selling art in Denver since 1999. My first paintings were on thick shards of glass from a shattered pastry case. The glass “canvas” was really my first teacher as a painter because it allowed for extensive experimentation. I used spray paint, watercolor, collage elements, acrylics, and paint markers. I transitioned to working on vintage windows with glass stain and spray paint and made light boxes out of these. I also made a lot of paintings and collage on found wood, some of which I posted up on telephone poles a long time ago. I finally “graduated” to stretched canvas in the last few years. Before I painted, I made hats and record bags for local DJs out of upholstery remnants. The most clearly articulated theme I can see in my work is the joining of hard-edged shapes and a rhythmic use of color aimed at communicating and sustaining a certain, yet unnameable essence.


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS (*solo)
2016
Artwork Network - "Entice" Group Show, Denver, CO
2013
Denver Designer Show House, Denver, CO
Artwork for Guest Apartment designed by Carolyn Morris
Alvarez Morris Architectural Studio
2012
Space Gallery - 11 Year Retrospective Group Show, Denver, CO
BANG! - The Beyond is Nearest at Hand*, Denver, CO
2011
Rebel Salon - Holding it Together *, Denver, CO
Fashion Denver - My Crooked House*, Denver, CO
2010
Metropolis - Small Symmetries*, Denver, CO
BANG! - Return to Truth*, Denver, CO
2009
Denver CORE - group show, Denver, CO
Carol Mier Fashion - Untitled*, Denver, CO
Metropolis - Balancing Act*, Denver, CO
2008
VAIN - Gather, Assemble, Nest, Depart*, Denver, CO
2007
Cafe Karma - Untitled*, Denver, CO
2006
BANG! - Precarious Balances *, Denver, CO
2005
Mario’s Double Daughter - Afloat*, Denver, CO
VAIN - Fancy, Wavy, Golden*, Denver, CO
2004
New Denver Civic Theater Gallery - Light & Milky*, Denver, CO
CORE - The Abstract Show (Juried Show), Denver, CO
Hairspray - Songs in the Ether*, Denver, CO
Space Gallery - Aiming for the Seam, Denver, CO
Revoluciones Collective Art Space - Head Rest, Denver, CO
2003
Rattlebrain Theater Gallery - Acts of Devotion*, Denver, CO
Forest Room 5 - Jazz Licks, Denver, CO
2002
Chance Operations Gallery - (Group Show), Denver, CO
Rattlebrain Theater Gallery - Moon’s Jest*, Denver, CO
2001
Space Gallery - Strung up after the Circus, Denver, CO
23rd Avenue Sculpture Gallery - Group Show, Denver, CO
Arts on Vine - New Visions Through Old Windows*, Denver, CO
2000
Soulsciety Collective Art Space - Group Show, Denver, CO
Revoluciones Collective Art Space - Group Show, Denver, CO

EDUCATION
2002 - Hugo Anderson Studio
2001 - Art Students League
1998 – BA University of Colorado, Denver

PUBLICATIONS (Print & Online)
Luxe Interiors (2016)
Luxe Interiors (2013)

Behance (2012)
SharksEatMeat (2012)
ZeroMile (2010)
Image Magazine (2008)

COMMISSIONS
2005-2013
Numerous commissions for private clients
2005
Art for reception area for VAIN Salon
2004
Stage Art for RAttlebrain Theater production
2003
Art for interior at BANG Restaurant

AWARD 2004
Best Glass Stain Window – Jergen Industries

COMMUNITY
2014-Present - Stanley British Primary School - Classroom coordinator for art project for annual auction
2009-Present
Bromwell Elementary School – Art room volunteer
2010
Denver Cooperative Preschool – Donated supplies and worked with children to create over 50 collages on board
2006
St. Louis Catholic School – Worked with students to paint church windows for school auction

CHARITY / DONATIONS
Lenah Deney Silent Auction, PBS, Lukemia / Lymphoma, PACE (senior support network), Denver Cooperative Preschool, Habitat for Humanity, ArtReach Denver, Bromwell Elementary