I remember examining my mother's tiny Easter egg dioramas that she brought out periodically when I was very young, and I remember studying with the same intensity, the back of a dollhouse with its tucked away objects at my grandmothers. I am drawn to the semi-enclosed secrets of the miniature, the memory of fabricated childhood self-encased worlds. The ideas for my paintings are born out of my desire to form a visual record of the navigation between internal memory and its external (real-world) manifestation. The meeting of these two spheres creates an unexpected image that can only truly be constructed through the painting process. The internal memories that I work from are used as a substratum on which I compress layers of the process and solid evidence of the search.
M.F.A. Edinboro University of Pennsylvania 2009.
B.F.A. Western Washington University 2005.