Artist StatementI hail from the sparsely populated northern plains region of the United States, and I never wanted to move to a place where the phonebook was thicker than my canvas. Now at the core of my work are the ideas of anonymity of imagery and the organization of that imagery to create distinctiveness. Snowflakes, pines, a-frame cabins, pentagons, air fresheners, geese, fish, Bigfoot, beer bellies, plowed fields, snowmen, TV dinners, mountain peaks, villagers, and warm yellow window light are images that are clearly defined in my paintings. I don’t see these images functioning in my work as literal translations or as nostalgic sideshows but as skewed dynamic allegories that operate on cultural, social, and environmental levels. The lowbrow vintage familiarity of my imagery is poles apart from the picture’s highbrow compositional structures, creating ambiguity of image and an uncertainty of pictorial space. My process of making the picture is embedded in the search for the perfect balance between my painting concerns and the specific content of each image. As the form of each picture evolves over many months, the shapes, colors, textures, and imagery are at times discovered through the process of painting or appropriated globally. However universally ridiculous the imagery may be, their relationship to the whole can only be lovely. A good painting doesn’t have to be highly detailed, unique or nurtured, and it doesn’t have to mirror current artistic trends. To be a good painting it just has to be interesting and interesting for a long time to come.