Artist Statement

My work is a practice in the imperfection of knowing, of feeling, of remembering, and of understanding. It examines the role of humans and technology in marine systems and how what we recognize as humanity can be found in the unexpected. It is a call to deepen curiosity and is the method I use to research and explore complex concepts in a convoluted world. I paint bold, vivid romance. The images at the end of the process aren’t ever the correct shape, size, or color. Sometimes they are rushed, messy even. But that is what love feels like, and that is what this work is meant to express. Not admiration between people necessarily, but with the all exalting thing out there that we tend to call nature—the ocean. It isn’t all good, but it isn’t all bad either. It isn’t refined or clever. But not everything can be. My work doesn't represent how the world is seen in real time; it represents how it is remembered. Scientifically informed but humanly misconstrued. Incorrect and not to scale.

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Swimming in Sea Butterflies

Mixed media visual art funded through the NAS/Keck Futures Initative.

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Ghosts of Once and Future Oceans

Mixed media visual art inspired by Freeport, Texas.

R/V Atlantic Explorer 2016

Photography of scientific field work with OSU's microbiology department.

At the intersection of chemistry and microbiology a rich microbiome is revealed. It's a tiny world with global impacts. 

Photography from AE 1620.

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Swimming in Sea Butterflies

Photography from September field work on the NAKFI project.

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The Seefloor

Mixed media visual art funded through NSF's NRT program

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Swimming in Sea Butterflies

Photography of science and engineering from May field work on the NAKFI project.

SPARK: Art & Science at OSU

Mixed media visual art from OSU's microbiology department.

Work inspired by the science of Dr. Steve Giovannoni's microbiology lab at Oregon State University, including my time aboard the R/V Atlantic Explorer.