Category: Exhibited Works

The following paintings have been exhibited and/or produced in public settings.

2018 – Every Day’s a Birthday

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As someone who is fascinated with cultural rituals and traditions, I spent a lot of time thinking about what turning 40 means to me. My first thoughts dwelled on the physical aspects of getting older: the receding hair line, the slower metabolism, the need to stretch ALL THE TIME. But once I made my peace with those things, I wanted to dive deeper and find out how I really felt about turning 40. To do that, I turned to art.

Since my early 20s, I’ve processed my strongest emotional reactions to the events in my life—both good and bad—through creativity. Outgrowing the religious faith of my childhood, the passing of a loved one, moving on with life after divorce and then finding love again were all sources of inspiration for a creative outburst that resulted in teaching myself how to play guitar and banjo, writing six albums of original folk songs, and connecting with people across the globe through that music.

For the past six years, painting has been my creative outlet. So, as I started thinking more about turning 40, I decided to focus the emotions that were stirred by those thoughts into a series of eight abstract paintings. With titles like Past Your Prime, So Many Sunsets, and Legacy, it’s easy to see where my mind was as I painted each piece. But while the titles suggest a looming mid-life crisis, the truth is just the opposite. Confronting those emotions and channeling them into colorful pictures made me realize how satisfied I am with my life up to this point; that even the toughest experiences have directly influenced some of the most gratifying.

One of the paintings is titled Every Day’s a Birthday, and it’s the name I’ve given to the series, which was on display during the summer of 2018 at Love Garden Sounds in Lawrence, KS. For me, the phrase serves as a reminder that every day is an opportunity to be the start of something new; that no matter how many years the calendar might say I have, I’m only as old as I want to be.


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Temporary Vehicle


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Confused by a Moment of Clarity


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Every Day’s a Birthday


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Let the Light Back In


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Mondegreen


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So Many Sunsets


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Past Your Prime


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Legacy




 

2017 – Wind Shadows

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“Wind Shadows” was a multi-media, contemporary classical performance at Cider Gallery in Lawrence, Kansas, on April 25, 2017.

Composer and performer Brett Keating played an original electro/acoustic euphonium piece along with works by Alvin Lucier, Karleinz Essl, Stijn Govaere, Forrest Pierce, and Gianinto Scelsi. As Keating performed, I spontaneously painted in response to the music and produced a painting for each piece. Using the duration of each piece as the only parameter for each painting, some turned out better than others. The two highlights were the following pieces:

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Si! 
Responsive painting to a performance of Si!,
 a composition for tuba and live electronics composed by Karlheinz Essl.


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Wind Shadows
Responsive painting inspired by a live performance of Wind Shadows,
a composition for  trombone and closely tuned oscillators composed by Alvin Lucier.




 

2013 – Modern Views of Quantrill’s Raid

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“Bleed / Burn / Boast” was a piece created specifically for an exhibit at the Watkins Museum of History in Lawrence, Kansas, during the summer of 2013 commemorating the 150th anniversary of Quantrill’s Raid. Nearly 200 men and boys were murdered in the Civil War-era massacre, and a significant portion of the town was burned to the ground, but the survivors were defiant and the town quickly rose from the ashes stronger than ever. Through this piece, I tried to illustrate the violence of the event, the pride of those who live in the city today, and the necessity for us to work against the tide of time to ensure the sacrifice is remembered. The following is the artist statement that accompanied the piece:

Ask me where I live and I will proudly proclaim, “Lawrence, Kansas!” It’s a unique pride that I haven’t felt in any of the other places I’ve lived, yet I recognize this pride isn’t unique to me. No matter whether we’ve lived here our entire lives, recently relocated from somewhere else, or only spent four years on the Hill, our shared experience of living in Lawrence involves drawing pride from common wells: a love for Jayhawks basketball, an appreciation for expression and tolerance,  and a dedication to social responsibility, just to name a few.

But while it’s easy to identify the fuel for our pride, time has a way of obscuring the source of it, which took root 150 years ago in the aftermath of our city’s most tragic event. Amidst the smoldering buildings torched by Quantrill and the fresh graves of nearly 200 fathers, brothers, and sons were planted the seeds of hope for a better future. The defiance of the survivors to rebuild and their determination not just to survive, but to live, has led to everything we love about Lawrence today.  We owe it to them to be proud of what this special city has become and to never forget the sacrifice that defined it.