At 16, I enrolled in Xavier University. I graduated with a BFA in Printmaking and Illustration, with minors in Writing and Art History. Currently, I reside in Cincinnati, Ohio. I like secret codes, coffee, and comics. I have two cats, Sprite and Thor.
Art-wise, I respond to gestural linework, evident labor-intensity, brilliant color, and unexpected, well-incorporated punchy graphic applications. I believe in the accessibility of art to the public, as art is made for an audience. My most recent artistic practice has involved book-works, which encourages not only interaction with the audience mentally through their grasping of concept, but physically through the handling of the object.
My work can be split into three categories--Fine Art, Illustration, and something in-between. There's a lot of blending between the two, but typically, my fine art work consists of both printmaking and drawing, and is most interested in depicting reality. It is typically constituted of a mixture of portraiture and figurative imagery.
My illustrative work is usually long-term imaginative projects. I just finished exhibiting The Internship, a process show depicting the character creation, world-building, and execution of a self-written, illustrated, and published comic book of the same name. The Internship spanned 8 years, goes further back than my undergrad career, and will be continued indefinitely. (If you are interested in my comic book and it's non-fine art counterparts like stickers or t-shirts, please visit my etsy.)
My in-between work is actually mostly consisted of zines and project books. The actual format is easily reproducable, making it less "fine", and heavily design influenced. I take great care to ensure the imagery constituting these little project books is finely crafted. These are typically glimpses into daily life and applicable poetic phrasings.