I'm an artist working mostly in oil paint and charcoal. I love these materials because of their earthiness and the way they can be pushed around. I use mostly paper, matte board, unstretched canvas, or panel because in my mind these surfaces more disposable than a prepared canvas. This encourages freedom when I paint because I don't feel pressure to make a finished painting.

Lately the paintings have been small. I like that they require getting up close, both when I'm painting them and also when they're finished. Small paintings seem to invite and say what they want to say without being overwhelming. 

Recently I've been obsessed about being outside as much as possible. It's as if when I moved my studio into the trunk of my car, I had never been outside before. There are a few places near my home that have become favorite spots to set up and paint uninterrupted for a few hours. Some of the elements might be recognizable across the work - the trees, the creek, the hills, the fields. Although the places feel familiar, I avoid using formulas and try to approach each painting differently. This way of painting feels safe and unsettling at the same time - "safe" because I feel at home in these places, "unsettling" because I usually feel like I don't know what I'm doing. These are both good things.

The odd mix of familiarity and strangeness, of recognition and surprise, of the known and unknown, is interesting to me. It's not much different from our day-to-day experience. Where in life this can create tension, stress, and anxiety, in painting I find these opposing forces come together in mysterious and beautiful ways.

All of the paintings - the dogs, the landscapes, from life or imagined -  have become a way of living a life and of learning to pay attention. It dawned on me recently that the careful attention of the artist is, in the end, a way of loving. When I'm successful and can get out of the way to let the paintings speak, I believe and hope they speak of love.

I'm a life-long resident of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where I currently work and paint.  For eight years I studied painting, drawing, and art history part-time while working at Millersville University. A key influence and mentor has been Robert Andriulli, painter and long-time art professor. Today I work full-time in an office and devote much of my evenings and weekends to the practice of painting.

Millersville University, 2004 - 2012 (non-degree seeking)

Fine Living Lancaster, Issue 34, May 2015
Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era, December 3, 2010

55th Annual Community Art Exhibition, Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA - Participant

The Arch, Lancaster, PA - Featured Artist
Steeple View Lofts, Lancaster PA - Featured Artist
Pop-Up Gallery on the Porch, Block Island, RI
The Landscape, Gallery360, Lancaster PA - Juried Group Exhibition
52nd Annual Open Art Award Exhibition, Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA - Participant
Déjà Vu Gallery, Block Island, RI - Selected Works
Ralph's, Slaymaker Building, Lancaster PA - Solo Exhibition
Déjà Vu Gallery, Block Island, RI - Selected Works
51st Annual Community Art Exhibition, Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA - Participant
"Every Day," The Candy Factory, Lancaster PA - Group Exhibition

"The Dogs of Lancaster," Isaac's, Lancaster PA - Solo Exhibition

47th Annual Community Art Exhibition, Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA
Art and Music Festival, Marion Court Room, Lancaster PA