Collaboration exhibit in mixed media
I have a collaboration project with fellow artist Summer Scharringhausen, called Happy Accidents. Our artwork will be featured in the 2011 Billboard Art Project, a large-scale art exhibit taking place on the surface of digital billboards in six different cities across the U.S.
Duluth, MN // Chicago, IL // Reading, PA // New Orleans, LA //Baton Rouge, LA // San Bernardino, CA
Our collaboration all began with an eight-foot piece of plywood, spray paint, and an image inspired by David Lynch. The goal was to create a painting for Altered Esthetics Gallery’s Tales From the Black Lodge exhibit, held in October of 2008 in Minneapolis, MN.
The original painting titled “Penelope” is an ongoing project, a large mixed media painting consisting of giant doll characters amidst an ever-changing background. The painting is constantly changing and evolving, as Happy Accidents re-creates the story within the artwork by continuously painting over the previous scene. Happy Accidents has set a goal to fit “Penelope” into as many Altered Esthetics theme shows as possible. At least a dozen exhibits have featured “Penelope” thus far.
Our collaboration is all about liberation, spontaneity, and pure fun.
Most of my paintings are large scale, oil on canvas. I have a series of smaller pieces in which the subjects and ideas are derived directly from my sketchbook. I use my smaller pieces to experiment with different drawing/painting media: pen, graphite, marker, charcoal, collage, masking tape, newspaper, gouache, acrylic, watercolor. These pieces are true to a stream of consciousness, abstract, and uninhibited. As I practice more with mixed media pieces, I find that my larger pieces take on a similar process. The surface of the larger canvases begin as streams of thought, like a large format sketchbook. Ideas build upon one another during the process, for an explorative technique.
I sell the small mixed media original paintings and drawings at my studio during open studio events. I have sold nearly 60 of these small paintings, and I am continuously creating more…
I set up this blog when I set up my website recently. I intend to use it as a venue for sharing ideas about my work, and background stories to the inspirations and processes behind my work.
I would also like to highlight side projects, collaboration projects, and past projects to incorporate the history of my studio work. I will post new updates and upcoming events, but I may also post past exhibits or past projects from time to time, to share the development and progress of my work from over the years.