Artist Statement Submitted 2015My childhood was spent in the depths of Alabama; my work is steeped in the folklore and inherent other-worldliness of the Deep South. The imagination of a youth spent playing in the woods and the mythos of my own family gave rise to a distinct personal mythology, influenced by a grandmother who spoke of spiritual warfare, a painter mother, a musician father and family legends of prophets, monsters and magic.
Splinters of this personal mythology act as the instigator for my work. Past experiences, dreams, legends, fears, traumas are re-engaged and re-articulated within oil paintings to form entirely new and organic contexts. Memory and the human struggle therein is re-framed. Narratively inclined images are eroded and consumed all at once, leading the viewer to a dimension of memoir suffused in fantasy and dread.