Art for me, has been a way to create conversation, to think about numerous topics and to expose myself and others to the vast medium of intaglio printmaking. Rooted in my experiences from Michigan and the Midwest, a large portion of my work is driven by small town America and many of the issues these places hold.
Born and raised in Michigan, I spent a good deal of my youth exploring the gravel roads and rural areas of Michigan by bicycle. My current work is strongly influenced by those countless hours spent watching the farm fields evolve and change along with the seasons. As I grew through my teenage years, I watched as countless family farms were sold off and those lands became subdivisions. Now, instead of seeing farm equipment rumbling down the gravel roads, you see streams of commuters nearing the end of their hour long commute home. Now, having spent better part of the last fourteen years in Washtenaw County, I strive to create a body of work that draws attention to those small, out of the way places that are forgotten.
My work is self taught and is heavily influenced by the old masters as well as many of the nineteenth century painters who also were active in printmaking. The genre scenes of the French Barbizon painters, the Hague School painters and the artists of the Dutch Golden age can be seen within my work. Where my work deviates from the more traditional style, you’ll find influence from the Japanese Shin-hanga movement, early twentieth century children book illustrations and artists like Whislter and Turner.
I don’t believe it is my place to tell someone what to think and how to feel. And with that in mind, my work is meant to be ubiquitous and timeless. It is a mere jumping off point for ones own memories. Whether it’s seeing grandfathers farm or a family road trip from when one was a child, I want my work to evoke memory.