Joan Didion wrote, “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.”  I'm fascinated by this idea - that our lives are works of fiction - and I explore it in my art. My landscapes are scenes from my life that have been pared down to bare essentials. Like our memories, they are edited and abstracted until they exist separately from experience, eventually becoming a “new” reality.

In order to create my images, I first sketch on location. I focus on essence and mood, rather than details. Then I make monotypes based on my drawings.  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).  To make a monotype, I paint directly on a plate, then use a printing press to transfer the medium onto paper, creating a one-off impression.  Monotype mirrors my interest in fiction and reality, as my original painting" is erased and a new work on paper is created.

Recently, thanks to the political climate, the role of fiction in our lives has been thrown into relief. We do tell ourselves stories in order to live, and that can be a beautiful thing. But maybe we should think more carefully about the limits of our authorship. Should we be able to re-write our lives any way we want? What happens when one person’s story conflicts with another’s? Where is the line between personal narrative and public fiction? And, if we’re abusing our narrative powers, how can we find a shared “reality” while continuing to be storytellers?  

 

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

2014   This Must Be the Place, FOLK, Kittery, ME

2007   Three Songs, Jonathan Frost Gallery, Rockland, ME

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Bloom, Sykes Gallery, Millersville University, Millersville, PA (upcoming)

2018    Art Toronto, Susan Eley Fine Art, Toronto, Canada

Taproot, George Marshall Store Gallery, York, ME

            Affordable Art Fair, Ground Floor Gallery, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY

Fifth Floor, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

            REVEAL Art Fair, Susan Eley Fine Art, Saratoga Springs, NY

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

            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

            Obsolescence, Curious Matter, Jersey City, NJ

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

            Enormous Tiny Art #15, Nahcotta, Portsmouth, NH

            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

            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

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, Haifa, Israel

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

            Etching and Monotype Show (New York Society of Etchers), 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    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    Selected artist, CityMD Supports the Arts Initiative

            Board of Directors, New York Society of Etchers

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

 

Selected Bibliography & Publications

2017    Monoprint-Monotype, Winter issue

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

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

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

2015    Drawing Magazine, New and Notable feature, Winter issue

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

            Curious Matter, Obsolescence catalogue

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

2009    3x3 Magazine of Contemporary Illustration, No. 5

            Society of Illustrators Annual, No. 51

2007    CMYK Magazine, Issue No. 37

 

Lectures, Workshops & Teaching

2018 Artist talk, Pratt Institute, New York, NY

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