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 and works in Brooklyn, NY


  • 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


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