- 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. (Award Winner). National Collage Society / Western Colorado Center for the Arts. 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.
- Group Show. The Gallery at CCBC Essex. Baltimore, MD, USA. 1997.
- 11th Annual Congressional Juried Art Show. (3rd Place). Cannon Tunnel at the United States Capitol. Washington, DC, USA. 1991-1992.
- Sixth Annual Art Exhibition. BCPS. Baltimore, MD, USA. 1992.
- Art Show. Baltimore District, Inc. Maryland Federation of Women’s Clubs, Inc. 1992.
- Art Exhibition. Maryland State Education Building. Baltimore, MD, USA. 1991.
- Group Show. The National Museum of Ceramic Art. Baltimore, MD, USA. 1991.
- Fifth Annual Art Exhibition. BCPS. Baltimore, MD, USA. 1991.
Visiting Artist Lectures/Presentations/Critiques
- Art & Design Lecture/Workshop. Religion Communicators Council (RCC) Convention. Alexandria, VA, USA. 2015.
- Senior Art & Design Manager. Bread for the World. 2011-present.
- Artist & Chief Creative Officer. Wretched Heroes / Aethir-verse, LLC. 2017-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. 1999.
- Maryland Institute College of Art. Summer Painting Program in Studio Art. 1991.
- Sampaguita. Adlai Amor. Washington DC, USA. Donated 2017.
- After Dinner Guest at Holt Park. BCPS Board of Education. Towson, MD, USA. Sold 1991.
Selected Publications & Media
- Without Condition. Book Cover Artwork. 2019.
- Black August. Illustration for Blog. Bread for the World. 2018.
- Wither and Other Stories. Book Cover Artwork. 2018.
- The Holy Family. Christmas Card Artwork. Bread for the World. 2018.
- Please Give. Book Cover Artwork. 2017.
- Nurture. Christmas Card Artwork. Bread for the World. 2017.
- The Crow’s Gift and Other Tales. Book Cover Artwork. 2017.
- All the Pieces Coming Together. Book Cover Artwork. 2017.
- Songs for 1,000 Days. CD Cover Artwork. 2013.
- Baltimore County Public Schools Calendar. BCPS Board of Education. 1992.
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.
- 35 Awards (5 Best in Class, 22 Award of Excellence, and 8 Certificate of Merit) for Art and Design. Religion Communicators Council (RCC) DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards. 2013-2019.
- Over 50 Awards (including 20 First Place) for Art and Design. MDDC Press Association. 2001-2009.
- Merit Award for Highest Achievement in Art and Design, Living Arts College @ School of Communication Arts, 2000.
- Photography Student of the Year. University of Maryland Baltimore County. 1998.
- 2nd Place in Youth Art Show. Baltimore District, Inc. Maryland Federation of Women’s Clubs, Inc. 1992.
- Congressional Art Competition Winner. Congressional Institute. 1992.
- Award for Excellence in Commercial Art. Southeastern School of Technology. 1991.
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 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.
For my personal artwork, I mostly work in mixed-media because of the freedom I experience. I may use pencil, charcoal, acrylic paint, pastel, chalk, found objects, wood, paper, old books, coffee and tea, etc.
I often create stories and represent emotions and feelings within the layers I put down. I sometimes embed deep emotional themes and subjects in them, however, I also believe this is dependent upon each viewer’s own background and experiences. Sometimes I hide items under the surface in many layers and later often I partially excavate them.
A common material theme found throughout my work is old book pages. Old books, antiques, and relics have always been of fascination to me and contain such a feeling of character and history with their visually interesting textures and patina.
From very early on, others told me I was ‘talented’ in art and I soon became very interested in it. Through middle school, high school and junior college, 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 an art degree at a more affordable college but could not finish. I consider myself an art school dropout so in a lot of ways I also consider myself partially ‘self-taught’.
In my early career, I focused mainly on ‘commercial art’ as I am also an award-winning graphic designer, art director, and illustrator.
By my early 30’s, I began to work more on personal art again, but unfortunately also began experimenting with alcohol and later other substances. For a few years, alcohol 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. 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, mental illness, etc. Today, I try to use my experience and the knowledge I’ve acquired through my recovery to help others with substance-use disorders, and to raise awareness in the community through my art and the conversations that often develop as a result.