ARTIST STATEMENT
This collection of figurative paintings explores what modern portrait painting means, all while still listening closely to the Old Masters and impressionists. Aside from being driven and inspired by color relationships, texture, and the visceral qualities of paint and pigment, I am concerned with the connection between the painter and the subject. First, I feel the painting to be a tether between myself and the person I’m painting- a connection that somehow solidifies or grounds the relationship we share, which guides and comforts me through my own struggles. And there is much to learn about oneself when one physically lays down another person in paint; through the slow, intuitive, and intimate painting process, one becomes more self-realized, and ultimately more aware of the power, the gravity, and the beauty everyone holds. I paint those who I find emit a certain power and strength- those who I am shaped by and made better by knowing. When it comes down to it, who we love and who we hold in good company speaks truly of who we are inside. These paintings portray that truth and the bond I hold on to so dearly. And I’m holding on for dear life.

RESUME
Education
2014 BFA Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland OR
Awards
2014 New American Paintings, Pacific Coast Issue #115
2013 Gamblin Paint Award, Gamblin Paint Company, Portland, Oregon
2011 Hoffman Gallery Juried Show, 1st Place for painting Bathtub, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, Oregon
2010-2014 Deans Scholarship to the Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, Oregon
Group Shows
2014 Perfect, Not So Perfect, Red Star Event Space, Portland, Oregon
2014 Recent Graduates Show, Blackfish Gallery, Portland, Oregon
2014 Juncture: Thesis Exhibition, 10th & Hoyt, Portland, Oregon
2014 Thesis Orals Exhibition, Hoffman Gallery, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, Oregon
2014 Art on the Vine, Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon
2014 Book Arts Department Juried Show, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, Oregon
2013 Juried Show, Hoffman Gallery, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, Oregon
2012 Centrum Print Portfolio Exhibition, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, Oregon
2011 Centrum Drawing and Painting Juried Show, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, Oregon
2011 Juried Show, Hoffman Gallery, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, Oregon