News: Updated 03/14/2020
Spring is nearly here and I've been working on some new things in the studio! With the Coronavirus affecting so much, my day job has me working pretty much from home starting on Monday. Since I typically spend most of my weeknights away from home, this means more time in the studio for the foreseeable future. I will be taking advantage of that time by continuing to work on my new series. You'll see the first piece, "Modern Communication", from the new series in the updated Paintings section.
I've also been giving a lot of thought lately to how I want to move forward with marketing my work. Do I want to join a co-op of other artists? Try to find gallery representation? Market it myself online and at local events? One of the things that I've seen lately that bothers me is how "exclusive" the art scene anywhere can seem. At almost 50, some may see me as too old to be on the cutting edge. Also, since I've only been a "serious" artist, consistently producing work for just a few years, many long-time artists may not take me seriously. It's an interesting catch-22.
Artist Statement & Bio
I enjoy communicating with people, but sometimes words can be restrictive. I feel that through my work I can communicate more honestly and completely, on multiple levels. I enjoy hearing the messages people receive from me through my art. At their base level, the message sent and the messages received are the same. It's how the receiver interprets the message that fascinates me. I don't define myself as an abstract artist. Whichever medium and style I work in on a given piece is my method of communication. Usually for me, working in an abstract style allows me to communicate more clearly. Maybe it's my way of making sense out of chaos. If asked to define myself as an artist, I'd say I'm a communicator, translator, explorer, student, and guide. I want you to see me, and the most honest way is through my art.
I grew up in Minot, North Dakota and graduated from Minot High School in 1989. I've loved art since I was young and have always drawn, but never seriously. Excited for a life of adventure after a childhood on the plains, I left for the US Navy at 18. After 10 years of traveling the world, I found myself back in North Dakota. Between the military and my return to civilian life I spent 16 years in law enforcement. I received my Bachelor of General Studies degree from Minot State University in Minot, ND in 2016. It was during my last semester that I rediscovered my love for creating art. I feel my art has become a way for me to express myself and to explore my relationships with my emotions, experiences, and the people in my life."
I am actively painting, experimenting in other mediums, and working on building my artist’s resume and body of work. I have two incredible daughters, Grace and Jaimie, who I am very proud of. I am currently living in Fargo, North Dakota with my amazing wife and muse, Krista...
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