I am an assemblage artist living and working in Missoula, MT. Hailing from The Rust Belt near Akron, OH, I have been long fascinated with old, derelict things.
I work in many different mediums when I create art. Working in this way helps to keep my work fresh as I challenge myself to explore new ways to manipulate images, paint, and other found objects.
Recently, I’ve been building things out of found, reclaimed and recycled material. It’s a process of renewal and rebirth.
Disjointed juxtaposed images with contrasting meanings work together forming new concepts, fresh ideas and layers of meaning. Recycling and renewing old ideas, thoughts and feelings from the discarded often brings unexpected, and always fun, results.
Rarely. And when it happens, it’s abstract.
When behind the lens, I usually capture scenes without people in them: urban settings, textures of paint peeling, the colors of a thermal spring in a national park, a landscape on a hike. Recently, I have been thinking about the ways that constantly being filmed dehumanizes us. I’d like to re-humanize. I’m challenging myself to photograph people more. I’m photographing people in a way that restores humanity to them, to myself, and to the viewers. When I get a good one, it might show up here. Often, it will show up in a layer of some other work, either assemblage or collage.
Aside from making art, I also like to dabble in writing short fiction.