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I now live and work in Cologne Germany, but these painting undoubtedly reflect the setting of my my upbringing and recent time spent in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. I began painting in a barn loft, turned studio, when I was eight. I made pictures of the people and landscape around me. The Amish farmed fields, barn raisings, livestock and quilt auctions were my repeated subjects. Making art helped me understand my place adjacent to that world. I was inspired to move from it by a stack of books in the barn loft, through which I discovered art history.
I studied drawing and color theory with Myron Barnstone in Coplay, PA during and after my high school years. From 2003 to 2007 I attended The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and The University of Pennsylvania. When I was awarded a PAFA fellowship to travel to Europe in 2006, I completed a chemistry course associated with the Vatican Conservation Laboratory on historical art materials and methods. Then, in Norway I studied with painter Odd Nerdrum.
When I returned from abroad I settled in a coal mining region of WV to create a body of work. Based on this work I was granted a Mattisse Foundation Fellowship for residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Since, I have spent time making paintings in Cerrillos New Mexico, Carmel California, Baltimore Maryland, and Freiburg Germany.
Painting is my best means to relay stories and share ideas. I depend on western art history for my visual vocabulary. In allegory and symbols I paint about events, ever aware of how my lens has been curved, my point of view shaped by travel, books, passed artists and new meetings.