Painting 2016

I present numerous paint application techniques that speak directly to the ways in which the identity of the paintings are built. I use imagery from 19th Century American Landscape painting and contemporary travel advertisements – since both attempt to depict overly romanticized, carefully constructed depictions of paradise to promote a national identity or brand identity. Outside sources that infect the work come from my interest in Reality TV, advertising, spam mail, click bait, and various psychological aspects of social media culture. I observe how these sources present themselves to an audience – letting that influence how I make formal and conceptual decisions. In the end, I want my work to generate discussions that lead to larger examinations of the millions of unchallenged images we are bombarded with on a daily basis.