Born and raised in Kansas, I studied painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, earning my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in May 2017. I continued my arts education, receiving my Master of Arts in Art at Eastern Illinois University in May 2019, and earning the Distinguished Graduate Award and the King-Mertz Award of Excellence. I currently split my time working between my in-home studio in Overland Park, Kansas and the family farm in Central Missouri.
My landscape paintings are explorations, sans studio, of the rural spaces that made up my childhood. Painting in situ; absorbing the sights, sounds, and smells of the Midwest landscape, my works are full of painterly energy and intense reflection. Thick, honey-like dabs of paint meld together and reveal a distant tree line at the far end of a pasture, a crisp sky reflected on a pond’s glassy surface, or a close up inspection of a fungus-ridden stick buried under fallen leaves. The most rewarding days of painting plein air are ones in which I’ve seen the sun in both states of ascension and repose and every vector in between.
The featured still life series investigates the signs, symbols, and study of Art History. Taking fundamental elements of still life painting: fruit, foliage, personal objects, and the inherent nature of study, the paintings bring forth a world in which cherries and clementine's become active participants in art historical and philosophical inquiry.