Joan Didion said, “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” I explore this idea in my art, using landscape to examine how we define ourselves. My work balances fact with fiction and permanence with loss. I am interested in our flexible relationship to the truth, and in the way that memory becomes a creative act.

I depict real places as they exist in my mind’s eye, and focus on capturing an essence or mood, rather than a detailed rendering. To create an image, I first sketch on location. Then I make a monotype based on my drawing. Monotype is a form of printmaking that yields just one image (as opposed to other techniques that allow you to produce an image over and over again). I paint directly on a plate and then use a printing press to transfer the medium onto paper, creating a one-off impression. This process mirrors my interest in memory, as my initial “painting” on the plate is lost but a unique work on paper is created. My largest monotypes span multiple sheets of paper, exploring the inherent imperfection of memory, and, by extension, self-understanding.

My goal as an artist is to make work that stays – that people revisit for the rest of their lives – and that is beautiful. Beautiful does not equate to pretty. My images have been called sad, and sometimes, in the case of recent drawings of seaweed, gross; however, they have a carefully considered aesthetic. We curate our lives; we color our memories; my work reflects this fundamental desire: to control, through presentation, our perception of ourselves.

The way we remember things is changing. Digital memories are replacing internal images, and our brains are evolving accordingly. As we rely more on pictures, selfies and videos, will our ability to create genuine memories be impacted? Can we continue to absorb places organically and fold them into ourselves? How will the stories we tell change when we use thousands of images to memorialize our lives, rather than a few, treasured ones?

 

 

Born in Boston, MA

Lives and works in New York, NY

 

Education

2007   MFA, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

2004   BA, Yale University, New Haven, CT

 

Solo Exhibitions

2017   A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Pictures, University of Connecticut Art Gallery, Stamford, CT

2015   Verses, Jonathan Frost Gallery, Rockland, ME

           We Tell Ourselves Stories, Dacia Gallery, New York, NY

2007   Three Songs, Jonathan Frost Gallery, Rockland, ME

 

Select Group Exhibitions

2017    In the Meeting of Rock and Sea, Susan Eley Fine Art, New York, NY (two-person show)

            Gifts by Artists, Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

            Sumer Is Icumen In, Jonathan Frost Gallery, Rockland, ME (two-person show)

2016    The Print Edition, Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

            First Annual NYSE and SCNY Artist Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY

            Full House, Jonathan Frost Gallery, Rockland, ME

2015    Life is More Than, Openhouse (CityMD), New York, NY (five-person show)

            PrintFest 2015, International Print Center of New York, New York, NY

            FLUID 2015, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island, NY

            Locally Sourced, American University Museum, Washington, D.C.

            Enormous Tiny Art #17, Nahcotta, Portsmouth, NH

2014    Drowning in a Sea of Information, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

            Over the Edge:  Paperworks Unbound, Part 2, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY

            Obsolescence, Curious Matter, Jersey City, NJ

            Made in New York/Made in Seoul, Korea Society, New York, NY and Seoul Museum of Art, Korea

            Here by the Sea: Contemporary Art of the Piscataqua, Sarah Orne Jewett Museum, South Berwick, ME

            Structure, Printmaking Center of New Jersey, Branchburg, NJ

            Naturally Scene, Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council, Glens Falls, NY (four-person show)

2013    Home, Jonathan Frost Gallery, Rockland, ME (two-person show)

            In Black and White, Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD

            Spring Show, Recession Art, Brooklyn, NY

            Enormous Tiny Art #14, Nahcotta, Portsmouth, NH

            Works on Paper, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ

2012    Calicornucopia, Calico Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

            Fountain Art Fair, Lexington Avenue Armory, New York, NY

            Figurative Show, Dacia Gallery, New York, NY

            Small Works Show, Manhattan Graphics Center, New York, NY

2011    Visions in Print, Allegra La Viola Gallery, New York, NY

            The Modern Landscape, Dacia Gallery, New York, NY

            Small Works Show, Manhattan Graphics Center, New York, NY

            Premonition, Dacia Gallery, New York, NY

2010    Birthmarks, Harbor Square Gallery, Rockland, ME

            Works on Paper, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ

            New York Society of Etchers Show, Pyramida Center for Contemporary Art, Israel

2009    Landscapes II, Jonathan Frost Gallery, Rockland, ME (two-person show)

            New York Society of Etchers Show, National Arts Club, New York, NY

            Annual Exhibition, Society of Illustrators, New York, NY

2008    Small Matters of Great Importance, Edward Hopper House Art Center, Nyack, NY

            Anima Animalium, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY

            New Prints, International Print Center of New York, New York, NY

2007   The New York Society of Etchers Salon Show, National Arts Club, New York, NY

            MFA Illustration Thesis Exhibition, School of Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY 

 

Collections

CityMD, New York, NY

Country Club of Virginia, Richmond, VA

Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

QIC, New York, NY

Schoodic Institute, Acadia National Park, Winter Harbor, ME

University of Connecticut, Stamford, CT

 

Residencies & Honors

2016    Artist residency, Zea Mays Printmaking

2015    Board of Directors, New York Society of Etchers

            Selected artist, CityMD Supports the Arts Initiative

2014    Artist residency, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park

            Selected artist, Brooklyn Community Supported Art + Design

2008    Juror's Choice Award, Edward Hopper House Art Center (Juror:  Tracey Bashkoff, Guggenheim Museum)

2006    MFA scholarship recipient, School of Visual Arts

 

Publications

2017    Monoprint-Monotype, Winter 2017

2015    Drawing Magazine, New and Notable feature, Winter 2015

2014    Curious Matter, Obsolescence exhibition catalogue

            Korea Society/Seoul Museum of Art, Made in New York/Made in Korea exhibition catalogue

2013    Carrier Pigeon Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 3

2011    Carrier Pigeon Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 1

2009    3x3 Magazine of Contemporary Illustration, No. 5

            Society of Illustrators Annual, No. 51

2007    CMYK Magazine, Issue No. 37

            New York Society of Etchers, Salon Show 2007 exhibition catalogue

 

Press

2017    Mendelssohn, Meredith, "13 Ways of Looking at an Artwork This Season", Introspective Magazine, September 25, 2017

            Brown, Matthew, "Sights to Behold Downtown", Stamford Advocate, June 24, 2017

            Loos, Ted, "A Soothing Skyline and a Weimaraner, 'The Most Architectural of Dogs'", New York Times, March 9, 2017

2014    Grumbach, Matthew, "Fresh New Way to Collect Art - The CoOp Gallery", Black Book, August 28, 2014

 

Lectures, Workshops & Teaching

2014   Workshop, Acadia National Park Artist Residency, ME 

           Artist talk, Union of Maine Visual Artists, Winter Harbor, ME

           Artist talk/workshop, Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council, Glens Falls, NY

2013   Lecture, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

           Lecture/workshop, Queens College, Queens, NY

2012   Adjunct Professor, Hunter College/Teacher U, New York, NY

2010   Adjunct Professor, Iona College, New Rochelle, NY