46 Waltham Street, Studio #204
Boston, Massachusetts 02118



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My newest body of work attempts to answer a question I’ve been asking myself for a long time: how specific a story do I want to tell? Lately I’ve begun to feel an impulse toward story-telling, and my mixed media pieces have facilitated that impulse. I build layers by alternating paper, gouache, and pencil until a narrative emerges. Ambiguity remains important to me. I want to suggest a story, but I also insist the viewer be invited to provide their own.


Titles like “Rescue Effort,” “Seaworthy Landlubber,” and “Hammerhead” reflect my concern with environmental threats, particularly to the oceans. Often my imagery conjures imaginary escape routes or solutions born of desperation. The cartoonish shapes and bright colors are a form of whistling in the dark, a way of warding off a deep pessimism about our earth’s fate.