From the artist:
In my work, I seek to explore the psycho-geography of the metropolitan area that I live in through painting (acrylic & oil) and drawings (primarily in inks) of cityscapes. Psycho-geography is about the relationship between our environment (including architecture, street flow, limitations) and our response to it, such as emotion or culture. Through this lens, I want to further understand how a person is a product of their environment, which I dictate in my piece “Cityscape Portrait” (ink & oil pastel). The buildings are both behind the face and also coming out of the shadows, shaping the person’s past memories and current identity. This piece led the way for further exploration, as a manifesto of sorts.
In the past I’ve reimagined elements of Milwaukee County with a surrealist point of view, emphasizing my emotional response through image layering and color changes. My goal was to map out my memories of the visual and imagined environment, but memories, like dreams, do not always follow reality. Memories have layers and short cuts, such as seen in my piece “Do Not Enter,” (ink) a memory of the Wauwatosa village under construction, or “Expanding” (acrylic & oil) where I connect my home, Greendale, to Downtown Milwaukee in the background.