In the Studio
"In the laboratory" might be a more appropriate description of my studio practice. My experiments are eclectic and traverse many media. These are my most recent works and you can see more on Instagram.
On the Street
Much of my career has taken place collaborating on public works. It's always amazing to see what a group of people can accomplish, especially if those people are artists. Here is a selection of projects I've been a part of over the years.
Carol Ann's Carousel, 2015 - Studio Assistant
The carousel is an amazing work of art featuring original artwork by Jonathan Queen with panels depicting animal characters playing in one of the numerous Cincinnati parks. Additional panels celebrate the many historic landmarks of Cincinnati. The carousel is housed inside a glass building so it can operate year-round. I was hired to assist Jonathan with the early stages of the panels by painting the grisaille and initial layer of color.
Untitled, designed by Robert Lazzarini, 2015 - Project Partner
I was hired as project partner by artist Atalie Gagnet, to paint a design by Robert Lazzarini. The mural was part of Architectural Digest's event Refuge, an exhibition of five outdoor installations commissioned for Art Basel Miami Beach 2015.
Murals with ArtWorks Cincinnati
Founded in 1996, ArtWorks is an award-winning non-profit organization that employs and trains local youth and talent to create art and engage with the community for positive change. I've worked on several projects with the organization over the years.
Boys Hope Girls Hope, 2015 - Project Manager
This mural is unique in terms of its form, making it an especially interesting work amid the many murals throughout the greater Cincinnati area. 32 aluminum composite panels were painted, front and back, and installed on the side of Boys Hope Girls Hope, an organization that provides educational opportunities and stability to motivated, underserved youth through residential and community-based programs in Cincinnati. Designed by Andrew Neyer.
Beguiled by the Wild, 2014 - Teaching Artist
In partnership with the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. This series of 18 murals spans the career of Charley Harper, celebrated Cincinnati artist. Harper, who studied and taught at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, is best known for his images of the natural world created in his distinctive ‘minimal realistic’ style. These murals fittingly adorn the sides of the City Barn; a site which originally housed horses used to pull trolleys around the city and is now owned by the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. All of the animals represented in the Harper murals can be found living at the zoo. Led by Chris Land.
The Migration of Tradition, 2013 - Teaching Artist
In Partnership with Rookwood Pottery. Rookwood Pottery is dedicated to preserving the creativity, innovation and craftsmanship that have defined the company since 1880. From left to right, this bird is formed first by tiles from Rookwood’s Heritage Collection, then progresses into its Contemporary Classics. The palette was inspired by the incredible variety of glazes that Rookwood offers, and the entire composition has been super-imposed over the sign for infinity, the horizontal figure eight, to represent how Rookwood is drawing on the passion of its past to migrate into an even more vibrant future. Led by Tina Westerkamp.
Fresh Harvest, 2012 - Teaching Artist
This mural brings the essence of farming to a monumental scale. Inspired by the power of classical European paintings, the design shows dramatically lit produce on the verge of spilling out of a crate, fresh from the field. The vibrant colors and dense composition add a modern flair to this traditional theme. Led by Jonathan Queen.
The Winds of the Ridge, 2011 - Teaching Artist
In partnership with District A. The communities of Pleasant Ridge and Kennedy Heights partnered to bring this mural to life. A whimsical, winding path that is central to the composition is symbolic of Ridge Road which connects these communities. A suggestion of energetic movement blows the leaves and kites across the landscape, representing the ever-growing and changing spirit of the neighborhoods and their residents. Led by Jarrett Jamison.
The Divine Proportion of All Things, 2010 - Teaching Artist
In partnership with the Covington Arts District Consortium and Be Concerned, Inc. This mural celebrates the bounty of the land and interconnected elements of life: water, earth and air which symbolize how a community depends on each other to live in harmony. The mural comes alive with rich color, achieved by layering glazes of paint in the ‘Old Master’s’ style and repetition of the “Golden Section,” a curved symbol used in art, architecture, science and math. Led by Tina Westerkamp.