The current thrust of my studio practice is to explore the themes of power, service, narrative, and empathy through printmaking. My work is intended to be democratic — accessible and capable of fostering discussion at any level, be it conceptual, formal, or historical. My studio practice scratches a certain itch, and my Navy service scratches a different itch. Both are related and they inform each other in surprising and mostly productive ways. Formally, I am primarily concerned with two-dimensional work, for reasons of immediacy and practicality. Chief among my concerns are the balance of positive/negative space, color interplay (interface and overlay), and two-dimensional forms. I mine my personal experiences and historical sources for imagery and text related to my critical concerns, foremost among these being empathy, service, power, and narrative. The tension between being an artist and an officer is fertile ground for exploration. I am a leader within a vast and violent bureaucracy—how can I reconcile that with being an artist, and are all artists expected to not participate in violence? I’m not expecting to find answers to these questions any time soon, but I am doing the best I can, for as long as I can.
- BFA in Illustration from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2010.
- MFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2013.
- Currently a lieutenant in the United States Navy, stationed in the Washington, D.C. area.