I paint fictitious creatures that are hybrids of animal observations, and that are ultimately about paint. My current paintings are inspired by my interactions with the world through on-site observation of taxidermists, hunters, and butchers, and by studying the anatomy and behavior of live animals. The results are my paintings of gritty subjects and hybrids thereof, that build off of Soutine’s and Flemish painters’ rich depictions of viscera and that connect to themes of mortality, violence, and human relationships with nature.
Though my paintings have abstract qualities, they are also about the story and legacy of mankind in the context of interactions between humans and nature today. My paintings are about being tactile things in themselves that challenge our perceptions and are psychologically provocative. Ultimately, my paintings are about how humans interact with other bodies and objects.