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My work is a study of the aesthetic vernacular of Americana: how the artifacts, symbols and images of our culture inherently transform, confine and define us, now and throughout history. Through the appropriation of this established visual language, the work has an immediate cultural context. This facilitates acceptance and accessibility through familiarity, allowing for commentary and a critique of the established paradigms. I hope to call to attention the deterioration, devolution and evolution of the American quality of life, examining the ways our culture has commodified the individual and the landscape. I am interested in human adaptability, the polarity of the rural and urban experience, the social structures within those communities, their relationship to land and resources, and social media's ever-changing relationship to human connectivity.
I was born in 1980 in Mt. Vernon, Washington. I spent my childhood looking over my mother's shoulder, emulating her as she painted, drew, scrimshawed, sculpted, and sewed. As a result, I view art making as a daily endeavor, expressing the myriad trials of life through the creation of artwork in every medium imaginable. The skills i gleaned from careful observation of my creative matriarchs, met with a willingness to take risks, have provided me with the ultimate survival toolkit. I have been largely self employed as an artist since 2002. My process is a marriage between tidy technical impressionism and raw, intuitive mark-making.
I reside in Bellingham, WA, where I work full time as a tattooer and freelance artist.
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