Mediums: Visual Arts
I developed a passion for drawing at a very early age. Since I have two older siblings, I often entertained myself by drawing marvelous creatures while they worked on their homework. When I was old enough to attend elementary school, I preferred drawing monsters and super heroes than paying attention to my teachers. By age 10, I started filling up sketch books.
During my early teen years I was very much inspired by comic book art, heavy metal album covers, and pop culture of the 1980s and 90s. I was also very intrigued by the industrial decay of Eastern Pennsylvania. I always loved the look of rusted metal from old factories, blistered signage, and to a lesser extent, decrepit barns and the hex signs that typically adorned them.
After high school, I pursued graphic design as a career. I decided to attend Northampton Community College and Tyler School of Art, where I received a BFA. During my art school experience, I was exposed to all aspects of image creation. This is where I was introduced to some of my current artistic influences, cultivating my fascination with German Expressionism, Surrealism, Post-Impressionism, Art Nouveau, and Folk Art.
After art school, I worked at several companies where I created packaging graphics for a variety of consumer products. Meanwhile, I pursued freelance illustration after hours. My work has been published in magazines and newspapers across the country. I worked as a full time illustrator for a duration while teaching senior illustration at Temple University.
My personal work has been shown in multiple galleries throughout the US and has been collected in the US, UK, Australia, and Taiwan. If I am awarded a space at the Banana Factory I will focus most of my energy on my personal work which is primarily painting and drawing.
In addition to art I also enjoy fishing, petting my cat, grilling in my back yard, traveling, people watching, and hanging out with my 3 children and lovely wife. I’m also lucky enough to be the current creative director for Crayola.
My latest body of personal work focuses on the idea of artist as myth maker and weaves in a series of sub-themes that flow throughout the show. Over the years of creating imagery I have become fascinated with religious iconography due to it’s close ties to art history. I had a moment of realization early in my experience as an artist when I discovered Joseph Campbell and his gathering of associations of all the world religions. It was in this moment when I made the connection of artist as myth makers and being conscience of the power of an image.
I like to work on several pieces in unison jumping one to another. I have an interest in getting lost in the process and finding a space to disconnect from the world for a moment. When I’m creating I’m connected to another dimension of endless rhythm. It forces me to live in the moment and make decisions free of judgement.
My paintings have multiple layers and experience with texture. I have been working with subjects such as reality vs. fantasy, human relationships, nature, social commentary, and excessive culture. I’m never at a loss for material in the this crazy world we live in. All of my pieces have two things in common, story telling and surface alteration. The narrative is usually loose allowing me flexibility to improv and layer random images that may or may not relate to the main narrative. I’m always experimenting with new medium applications or discovering new ways of removing medium. Drips, scrapes, sanding, scratching, cutting, rubbing, and layering have all become part of my work. These elements give my paintings a sense of history.
“To have a sacred place is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room or a certain hour of the day or so, where you do not know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody or what they owe you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be.” (Joseph Campbell)