Artist’s Statement

Color, line, shape, texture, and light are the media that express the emotion in my work. Rather than creating a recognizable object, I use the elements of painting itself to allow the story to unfold. There is no plan in my painting, yet there is process. I let a color, a line, a shadow dictate what comes next.The purpose is to create expression and emotion strictly out of shape and color - completely abstract. My best works are the ones that just happen, when I allow myself to be surprised.

Born: 1977, St. Louis, MO
Lives in Maplewood, NJ


2005 The Art Students League, New York, NY
1999 B.S. Studio Art, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY


2008 Thirty One!, OM Gallery, Portland, OR
2008 Side by Side, BAG Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2007 The Painting Show, SQFT Gallery, Nashville, TN
2005 Small Abstractions, Tao Living, New York, NY
2004 Spring Matters, Utowa Gallery, New York, NY
1999 Thesis Exhibition, Case Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY


2008 Chris Benz Runway Show, Spring 2009 Collection, New York, NY
2006 Converse by John Varvatos Spring Launch, New York, NY
RESIDENCIES2006 Supporting Women Artist's Project Studio Residency, Brooklyn, NY


2006 Supporting Women Artist's Project Studio Residency, Brooklyn, NY