Artist Statement

While my work is inspired by the idea of rust belt cities like my current home, Pittsburgh or my hometown of Buffalo, the spaces represented in my work are both somewhere and nowhere – imagined and taken from memory and observation.

The rust belt city compels me because it tells the story of a rise and decline, followed by reinvention. My process of weaving together drawings with paper collage allows me to visually capture some of the energy and complexity of the places that I inhabit.

The materials I work with include graphite, pastels, charcoal, metallic wax crayons, acrylic paint, and Xerox transfers. Color, perspective and working to the edge of the picture plane are important aspects of my work.