September 2019 – Present: Currently in course work for PhD, Art Education from University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
July 2011 – July 2014: Masters of Fine Arts, Drawing and Painting Emphasis, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, California
September 2009 – June 2012: Masters of Arts in Theology, Emphasis in Theology and the Arts, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California
August 2004 – May 2008: Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts Major, Drawing and Painting Emphasis, Whitworth University, Spokane, Washington
Since I grew up on the North Oregon Coast where the verdant mountains drop into the white-capped surf, epic landscape is in my blood. My vision is to make a cohesive experience rather than a just a collection of paintings. Akin to a cathedral space, I want to use landscape paintings to tell a narrative of what it means to be human.
Life is hard. Life is good. How do we reconcile these two? I am interested in manifesting some of the difficulties, inner-turmoil, and hurt we all face through paint. In other paintings, I seek to create experiences of pleasure, joy, and delight.
I see some people avoid hurt through numbing it. I see other people struggle through hurt and grow into deeper, healthier people. In these paintings, I try to be human, and invite you to join me. Like each of us, each painting has a piece of redemption. We are each quietly waiting to be found and cultivated into growth. As people, we can become a community, sharing a story as a whole, together as fellow humans, we can encourage each other, ask questions, build trust, and grow into healthier people.