I grew up in a rural area on the outskirts of Akron, Ohio - a city known for rubber production during the 20th century. As a kid, I got dirty a lot, collecting bones, fossils, and bullet casings in the rocks surrounding the oil well behind my house. The rocks were often coated with an orange film that smelled like diesel fuel. I thought that oil well was magic.
I went to college for painting in Akron. I would stay in my studio all night most nights working because no one else was around at night. About 5 years before I was in art school someone hanged himself in the figure-drawing room across the hall from where my studio was. One night at 3 am I was painting to extremely loud music and the album ended abruptly, that moment I felt a presence in the quiet of the room and thought I saw something out of the corner of my eye.
My work comes from my awareness of my surroundings, a channeling of my anxiety with moments of beauty and levity.
I have exhibited internationally at festivals, museums, and galleries. Past shows include The Utah Museum of Art, CutOut Festival Mexico City, Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, London Experimental Film Festival, Plexus Projects, and the DUMBO film festival in Brooklyn, New York; as well as shows in Houston, Barcelona, Kyiv, Taiwan, and many others.