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I am originally from California, USA. I moved to Amsterdam in 2007 after receiving a BFA from the California College of the Arts. After arriving to Amsterdam, I went on to teach Visual Arts and Design Technology at the International School of Hilversum for five years, and in 2013, I co-founded the art space Studio 30a with fellow artist Sarah Blackwelder, which operated for two years before Sarah had to move back to the states. My latest project is ‘Make a Scene Stamp Kits’ which I’ve designed for retail and plan to create more designs for the brand in the near future. I also continue to paint at my studio in
My work is based on a theme of adaptation. I imagine the organic adapting to the inorganic through unexpected textures, colors, and shapes. The ambiguity of scale is compelling and also fuels my work. My painted forms could be micro observations of an organism adapting to its synthetic environment, or they could be a macro lens on the effect of these adaptations such as snapshots of an altered landscape.
I reiterate this theme in my process. I build my paintings in layers and each layer must adapt to its previous composition. As I build and excavate, I also work to preserve the defining moments of each layer, thus creating a visual narrative whose history is embedded in its final composition.