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My painting practice addresses the self-creative capacity of materials in relation to embodiment and landscape. Using watercolor on fibrous paper, and ink on synthetic paper in more abstract compositions, my work leverages matter’s autopoietic potential to produce new visual forms. I was born and raised on Long Island, NY, spending my years of public schooling (K-12) immersed in athletics, predominantly indoor and outdoor basketball and volleyball. At eighteen years old, I underwent a spinal fusion of the L5 and S1 vertebrae. The physical experience and consequences of this procedure have since informed my routines, my philosophical outlook on my life, and my painting practice. 


Subsequently, I’ve grown intensely attentive to my bodily sensations—whether painful, pleasurable, or neutral. My interest here not only manifests as an embodied condition, but also as a fixation on the large, exterior of space beyond the body. Expansive space has become a point of consideration in my life and my practice, driving a desire to project out into space, as an overcoming of bodily constraints. Here, my work takes on a stark contrast of darkness and luminosity, referencing both visceral interiority—where ligaments, bone, and muscle connect, contort, contract, and expand—and the intensity of perceiving a massive landscape—where sunlight coats expansive space, where geological formation, sedimentary dissemination, and planetary cycles distribute earthly matter throughout the environment.


I received a bachelors degree in Visual Art Education from SUNY New Paltz in 2017, and will be completing my MFA candidacy at Stony Brook University in May of 2020. As an undergraduate student, I engaged in studio courses where I became keen on water media and collage. Approaching art making with these materials and processes allowed a freedom in my development of a composition. It was here that my work began talking back to me: I saw how overtly my experience transitioning from athletics to a more sedentary lifestyle imbued itself in my work. I began investigating my physical experience and my use of material during this time, only for it to explode into a vibrant investigative period during my time at Stony Brook University as an MFA student. 


I've shown in galleries across the United States, including a solo show at Small Green Door in East Los Angeles, California, LIC Arts Open of Long Island City, the Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition in Brooklyn, Limner Gallery in Hudson, and Gallery North in Setauket. In addition to completing my Masters of Fine Arts degree and ambitiously displaying my work in galleries, I'm an active, New York State certified art educator working for many institutions and galleries, including Gallery North’s ArtVentures Program and Stony Brook University’s undergraduate Studio Art Program.

My ambitions materialize themselves in my art practice, my routines, and my teaching, and develop through discipline and routine. My health has forced me to impose a regimentation onto my physical experience, where I must perform physical therapy routinely in order to be able to meet my obligations. To further develop my physicality, beyond therapeutic maintenance, I maintain a regimen that allows growth, investigation, and recovery. To develop myself artistically, I maintain a disciplined studio practice that allows production, investigation, and reflection. To develop my students artistically and personally, I maintain with them a routine of developmental exercises, investigation through new prompting, and reflections on and developments beyond understandings established prior.

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