Associate Professor of Art, Studio Head of Painting, Art Chair
The search for form and how to make that form is at the very base of my study of painting. My work engages in a route of questioning about the nature of things, beings, activities and the medium itself. The paintings are formally rigorous-- worked and reworked in order to find a dynamic place of compositional balance. In a painting, much of the decisions of the work get buried under consequent layers of paint. Yet each painting represents a history of choices, rules and assumptions. The painter invents the rules of the game. The pleasure of painting comes from following this game through, seeing (literally) where it will lead. Seeing itself is a history built up of choices and environment. Painting is one way to reveal and make conscious our process of seeing. The work that results is a history of these momentary systems of decipherment.
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M.F.A. (1993) University of Oregon
B.A. (1986) Bennington College
Core 107 Exploration and Discovery
Art 117 Painting I
Art 217 Painting II
Art 317 Painting III
Art 227 Special Topics: Painting Hybrid
Art 411 Senior Seminar: Studio
Art 490 Senior Project: Painting