Pillar of Cloud, 2022. Graphite & oil on wood panel, 36x24"". Exhibition: 6 January - 2 February, 2023. The Missoula Art Museum's Annual Benefit Auction will take place on Saturday, February 4th. I'm honored that my painting will be included in the live auction. The work of dozens more is available for online bidding in the silent auction now. For more information call 406.728.0447 or follow the link to MAM.
Tracking Study, 2021. Graphite & oil on wood panel, 11x14". A group show celebrating the work of artists associated with Zootown Arts Community Center. Opening Friday, December 2nd, 5-8pm. The exhibition continues through December at 216 West Main Street in Missoula. Call 406.549.7555 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.