Areas of Expertise
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
My interest as an artist is related to how people developed personal identity in relation to personal memory and how individuals interact with the social world. The situations individuals experiences can drastically alter the shape of a person's memory, and furthermore, a person's identity and social perception. As a painter, I represent figures trapped in an environment of uneasiness and flux. Some or all of the people in my paintings are concealed by a veil or mask. Partially concealing the identity of an individual removes the personal relationship viewers would expect from an openly represented portrait. Each character in my paintings has become one with their environment and can evolve toward empowerment or devolve into personal displacement and loss of identity.