Projects

My inspiration comes in the form of topics and concepts. I explore these muses in a variety of media. A specific concept may be better explored in serigraph rather than encaustic. And vice- versa. Something might lend itself to dry media vs. wet. Sometimes a project takes a turn midway through and goes into a completely new direction. Each of these projects produces a selection of pieces that later becomes a suite of work.

Abundance (2021)

Reclining Figure 1
Reclining Figure 1

Mixed media on paper (50" x 42" unframed) POR

Reclining Figure 2
Reclining Figure 2

Mixed media on paper (50" x 42" unframed) POR

Shawn
Shawn

Acrylic on Panel 32" x 22" NFS

Reclining Figure 1
Reclining Figure 1

Mixed media on paper (50" x 42" unframed) POR

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Abundance is an examination of the concept of wealth through the lens of social stratification. Subject matter includes a seated portrait of a "homeless" man (Shawn Smith), an aerial view of the camp he calls home, as well as symbols of wealth in the form of an overstocked refrigerator interior and spoiling groceries.

Youthful Commodities (2016-current)

Youthful Commodities
Youthful Commodities

Petshop Gallery, Omaha Nebraska

Youthful Commodities
Youthful Commodities

mixed media (encaustic image transfer, sardine tins, carbon) 38" x 59" $10,000

Giles
Giles

mixed media encaustic image transfer 8" x 6" x 4" $400

Youthful Commodities
Youthful Commodities

Petshop Gallery, Omaha Nebraska

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Youthful Commodities is a project involving the use of assemblages, encaustics, and forms of printmaking to remind the viewer of the vulnerability of American labor standards. I utilize public domain images taken by Lewis Hine 100 years ago as part of his efforts on behalf of the National Committee on Child Labor. This body of work is as much a tribute to his (and fellow activists) efforts as it is to the children the images depict.
 

One component of this project features hundreds of sardine tins embedded with encaustic image transfers of the children that once labored in American sardine canneries circa 1911-1915. By embedding the images in the cans, devoid of context beyond their expressions, I hope to draw attention to the commodification of these children and their childhoods. By assembly line producing the cans in my studio, I echo the repetitive to their labors.

Judith (2016 - current)

Judith with Handmaiden and the Head of Holofernes
Judith with Handmaiden and the Head of Holofernes

mixed media 80" x 42" x 130"

Detail: Judith with Handmaiden and the Head of Holofernes
Detail: Judith with Handmaiden and the Head of Holofernes

Detail: The Great Catfishing of Holofernes and How He Lost His Head
Detail: The Great Catfishing of Holofernes and How He Lost His Head

Judith with Handmaiden and the Head of Holofernes
Judith with Handmaiden and the Head of Holofernes

mixed media 80" x 42" x 130"

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Using the Book of Judith as a point of departure, I addressed this classic story with modern twists and wove in threads of revenge, sex, violence, beauty, virtue, as well as the concepts of the underdog and  female empowerment. 

This project spans the spectrum of my proficiency in two dimensional media. Screen printing, powdered charcoal and graphite, acrylic and oil based media were used to generate the pieces that populate this suite of work.

Kansas City Strip (2020)

KC Strip
KC Strip

Folly Burlesk: Ineda Man (purple on yellow)
Folly Burlesk: Ineda Man (purple on yellow)

serigraph on paper 5" x 5" (9"x9", framed) $50.00

Matinee Yum Yum, single image, multi-layer
Matinee Yum Yum, single image, multi-layer

serigraph on vintage wallpaper 11" x 8.5" $150.00

KC Strip
KC Strip

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A serigraph exploration of Kansas City's burlesk and go-go past. Primarily based off of actual handbills and advertisements from the Kansas City Star/Times circa 1940 to 1970. The Folly, The Yum Yum Lounge, Cat Balleu, the Strand "Art Theatre", the Jewel Box, and the Old Chelsea all make an appearance. 

Take it to the Bridge (2014 - 2019)

A.S.B. tower
A.S.B. tower

encaustic 14" x 14" (framed)

A.S.B. with Strata
A.S.B. with Strata

encaustic w/ image transfer 8" x 10" (private collection)

A.S.B. Tower
A.S.B. Tower

charcoal on paper 42" x 42" (private collection- traded for magic beans)

A.S.B. tower
A.S.B. tower

encaustic 14" x 14" (framed)

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An homage to the iconic A.S.B. Bridge. Every kind of media and every kind of perspective explores this very special structure on our riverfront. 

Intimate Spaces (ongoing)

untitled
untitled

oil on canvas 24" x 30" $800

Kadi
Kadi

oil on canvas 20" x 16" $500

Bathroom Selfie
Bathroom Selfie

oil on canvas 33" x 19" (framed) $1400

untitled
untitled

oil on canvas 24" x 30" $800

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Personal places and moments. Typically painted from observation.

Coordinates (2019 - 2020) 

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20200407_220405

20200407_220417
20200407_220417

20200407_220405
20200407_220405

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Location. Location. Location. It's all about the history and future at a certain point in space. 

Narcissus Smirked (2016)

Narcissus Smirked
Narcissus Smirked

Gallery 105, Lincoln, NE

Mr. Packham
Mr. Packham

encaustic image transfer on mounted cell phone (private collection)

water 12 foot deep
water 12 foot deep

encaustic image transfer on mounted cell phone, chicken feet, plaster (private collection)

Narcissus Smirked
Narcissus Smirked

Gallery 105, Lincoln, NE

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A snapshot of our selfie culture. The age of cell phones, filters, and the ability to make the perfect self-portrait to be shared with all the world in a matter of seconds.