Against the Current II, 2022. Graphite & oil on wood panel, 16x20". Missoula Art Museum's Benefit Auction. The exhibition runs 5 January -2 February, 2024. Gala Auction: Saturday, February 3rd. To view the art work in person, visit MAM at 335 North Pattee in Missoula. Online: missoulaartmuseum.org/annual-auction 406.728.0447 for more information.
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.