Reconnaissance started with my fascination of the history of mankind’s understanding of astrophysics and how we use astronomy to help us map the skies and other worlds. The depicted landscapes are drawn not from satellite or rover photographs; rather they are organically drawn in the moment. The simple execution and lack of other information, such as time, atmosphere, and vantage point give the viewer an abnormal experience. The design aspects and color are pondered and plotted more carefully. The target or telescope designs are meant to ring the viewer in just enough to give them a sense of place and to join an idea of control vs. chaos.
The Trajectory series is a continuation of Reconnaissance. I am making fictional maps and altering real ones. I want to vary the uncertainty of the viewer as to what guides their focus and what they are surveying.
I work and teach at Otterbein University. I have traveled to Shanghai, China and taught foundations drawing courses at Shanghai Publishing Printing College. In 2019 I will be traveling to El Bruc Spain as part of the Ohio Art League Can Serrat Residency Award. Also in 2019, after Spain, I am heading to Dresden Germany thanks to The Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Residency Exchange Program.
I currently live in Columbus OH