I work in two series. The first reflects my life in Missouri. I currently live in an old familial lake cabin, which was built in 1929. The space reminds me so much of my grandmother: her kindness, her compassion, her love of hand-made things, and her dedication to equality. I owe my current body of work to her memory. These images explore the complexity of life in Missouri, from draconian post-Roe trigger bans to the comfort of a slower, more earth-based lifestyle.
The second series is an affectionate parody of rock art. Each painting adapts a classically driven technique to likenesses of contemporary musicians and song lyrics. As a fan of mythological painting, guitar solos, and tribute drawings, I salute their respective qualities of skillfulness, theatricality, and enthusiasm. Nonetheless, there are drawbacks, ranging from the benign dumbness of rock art and the strange excesses of the music industry to the narrowness of western traditionalism. My homage to the drama of rock and roll and Baroque painting is counterbalanced by the absurdity of composing and rendering grunge and metal icons with a hard-won, thoughtful tenderness.