Artist StatementMy work often attempts to get underneath the skin of human experience. My paintings mainly focus on figurative subject matter of a dualistic nature, tending to have two separate formal and conceptual focal points. Instead of including a single figure around which the entire piece revolves, I add a second. The emphasis is then placed on the interaction between the two. Having grown up with an identical twin sister, I have developed an unusual way of relating to others – one that stems from that intimate closeness to another person that many people do not get to experience. Our tightly meshed personalities and practically identical modes of thinking make it difficult to find friendships of equal substance. I often notice that my thoughts and behaviors in both private and social situations differ significantly from those of others. Relationships like the one between my sister and I are the kinds of human interactions that I am interested in portraying. The people we surround ourselves with play a huge role in shaping us as human beings. We spend our whole lives being affected by, and affecting others in return. My recent work explores human relationships at a deeper level than I have previously studied. I try to not only depict the relationship on the surface, but the part of it that may go beyond life in the physical world. It is my personal belief that there is a spiritual part of us that connects with others on a level that is much more intangible than our body.
I am an emerging figurative painter. My primary medium is oil paint and I work mostly from photographs but have recently been working more from life. I received my BFA in Painting from Salisbury University, and have plans to attend an MFA program by the Fall of 2014.