- Wide Open 10 – National Juried Art Show. The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC). Brooklyn, NY, USA. 2019.
- Biennial 2019 at the Venice Biennale. The Biennial Project (online). 2019.
- Small Format Juried Exhibit. National Collage Society. Grand Junction, CO, USA. 2019.
- 4th Annual International Artist’s Choice Art Exhibition. Fusion Art (online). 2019.
- Bookish. HIVE artspace. York, PA, USA. 2019.
- Human Nature. Colors of Humanity Art Gallery (online). 2019.
- 9th Annual Figurative Art Competition. Light Space Time (online). 2019.
- Identity. Creative York. York, PA, USA. 2019.
- Senior Art & Design Manager. Bread for the World. 2011-present.
- Fine Art Instructor. KDO Academy. 2008-2010.
- Web Designer & Artist. Modern Tymes, LLC. 2009-2011.
- Art & Design Director. The Daily Record. 2001-2009.
- Graphic Designer. Stratford University. 2000.
- Living Arts College @ School of Communication Arts. Art and Design. 2000.
- University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Visual Arts. 1997-1999.
- Maryland Institute College of Art. Summer Painting Program in Studio Art. 1991.
Honors & Awards
- Award Winner in the Small Format Juried Exhibit. National Collage Society. 2019.
- Special Merit Award in 9th Annual Figurative Art Competition. Light Space Time. 2019.
- Special Recognition in 9th Annual Figurative Art Competition. Light Space Time. 2019.
- Honorable Mention in Human Nature International Art Exhibition. Colors of Humanity Art Gallery. 2019.
- 5th Place in 4th Annual International Artist’s Choice Art Exhibition. Fusion Art. 2019.
Organizations / Affiliations & Memberships
- York Art Association.
- National Collage Society.
- Baltimore County Arts Guild.
- Religion Communicators Council (RCC).
- American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). 2015-2017.
I attempt to illustrate the human condition with its inherent flaws and layered complexity.
Artist Statement (long version)
People are complex and nuanced. We have many layers and live many different chapters within the ‘books’ of our lives. We often bury things, disturbing or painful things, deep within us in an attempt to hide it.
In my art I create stories and represent emotions and feelings within the many layers I put down. I attempt to represent the frequently buried incidents of our lives as layers of old book pages. I look through many old books in my collection to select pages that I feel express the ideas I am trying to illustrate. I then paint or draw on top of these collaged components. I use mixed-media because it gives me the freedom to use whatever I want to better express my ideas. I sometimes conceal items under the surface in many layers and later often partially excavate them—as it often goes with our lives.
I also believe the ways individuals interpret my pieces is dependent upon each viewer’s own background and experiences and how they attempt to connect all of the often disparate fragments within the artwork.
I was born in 1974 in Baltimore, Maryland (USA). In 2004, at the age of 30, I moved to Red Lion, Pennsylvania (USA) which is in rural York County.
From very early on, others told me I was ‘talented’ in art and I soon became very interested in it. Through middle school and high school it was my focus. Later, I was accepted into a prestigious art school only to find no practical way to pay for it. I made several attempts to finish a degree at a more affordable university but could not finish. I consider myself an art school dropout, so in a lot of ways I am self-taught.
In my early career, I focused mainly on ‘commercial art’ as I am also a graphic designer, art director, and illustrator. Any art I did for the first 45 years of my life, stayed mostly hidden and was not shown. This was mainly due to my lack of confidence and courage.
By my early 30’s, I began to work more on personal art again, but unfortunately also began experimenting with alcohol, opiates, and later other substances. For a few years, these gave me the courage required to tackle the many creative ideas I had. But it became harder and harder to filter my creativity through this chemical dependency. My substance-use disorder would soon consume me and choke all the creativity out of me.
Now, having recovered through intensive and extensive means, art is back in my life. Driven by a desire to help and encourage others utilizing my experience and the knowledge I’ve acquired through my recovery, at 45 years old, I have finally started to attempt to show my work. I now often include themes in my work that allow me to communicate some of these serious issues that we face, but often don’t talk about, like substance-use disorders and mental illness. I hope to raise awareness in the community through my art and in the conversations that often develop as a result.