2 About the Art

I started at PSU as an Art major, but after a year of socially-conscious buzzwords and community-oriented assignments, I started to really hate the higher level art classes. I got the feeling that after they'd taught all the basic principles and techniques in the lower levels, they didn't know what to do with us, so they floundered around trying to teach us how we should think about art and what we should be doing with it. I switched my major to Arts & Letters, which was a lot more suitable for my direction and interests. 

I got over the -My Art Will Save the World!- phase years ago. You're free to read your own meaning into my work. (You will anyway. We all do, no matter what we're looking at.) I create for fun, to tell stories, and just to get all this stuff out of my head. If it makes you laugh or think or dream, or just gives you a little mental break from your routine anxieties, then I've done my job.

All kinds of media turns up in my work: paint, ink, sculpture, digital processing, glitter, thread...whatever it takes to get an idea to come to life. Lately I've been doing a lot of assemblages and tactile pieces. 

My influences include:
  • - B. Kliban
  • - Donald Roller Wilson
  • - Emilie Autumn
  • - Dave McKean
  • - Hieronymus Bosch
  • - Simon Bisley
  • - Ralph Steadman
  • - Connie Dobbs
  • - Aubrey Beardsley
  • - Frank Zappa
  • - Monty Python's Flying Circus
  • - My Dad

Honestly, I'm not sure where I get most of my ideas. Some of them evolve from doodles or warm-up sessions, some of them come from dreams, some come from my imaginary friends. Often, I'm trying to illustrate a scene from any one of a billion stories rattling around in my head. 

None of my work is truly stand-alone. It's all connected, in one way or another, like a constant chain reaction: each setting, prop, and background character has their own story, and I can't stop until I bring them into the spotlight, too. I can't even throw away a cleaning rag without examining the colors and patterns left by whatever I was just working on. (Some of my favorite pieces are made of scraps and garbage generated by previous pieces.) 

Everything I make is a doorway: a tiny glimpse into my multi-dimensional inner world.

What else do you want to know?