My recent body of work uses cut paper layered with soot and encaustic to trace the gradual
reconstruction of a city after a natural disaster. These salvaged materials are reassembled into
forms that are both timeless and transient.
Originating in just how far I could take "fortified" paint to the point of sculpture, I now incorporate objects that imply language directly into the surface so that the paintings are a hybrid of terrain and text.
I use modern and historical photo processes ranging from wet plate collodion to digital video to
examine individuals and institutions -- why they came to be, how they are presented to us, and
how they affect our lives.
I specialize in painting portraits of individuals and families in both traditional and creative styles. My personal artwork weaves portraits with memories of my past, portraying my perception of family history.