Twilight Comes Early, 2019. Graphite & oil on wood panel, 14x11". The Auction Exhibition will run from 31 July to 29 August, 2020 at 1400 First Avenue North in Great Falls. Online bidding begins on July 31st, and closes on August 29th. A Live Stream event will occur on August 29th from 5:30-7:00 pm. To learn more, contact The Square at (406) 727-8255.
As a narrative painter my objective is to present the essential elements of a story: a character or two, a sense of place and time, a moment of connection, tension or reflection. I seek figures, symbols and scenarios that are both personally compelling and socially relevant. With careful measures of clarity and ambiguity, I hope to create imaginative space for viewers to bring their own perspectives and experiences into the tale. One of my supreme joys is hearing stories that arise in response to the paintings.
Thematically I am concerned with traditions, stereotypes and myths that shape identity as well as relationships to home and family, to work, community and place. I explore these with equal interest in the actual and the metaphorical, striving always to combine convincing naturalism with provocative symbolism.