"Oh, grandmother, what big ears you have!" - "All the better to hear you with." - "Oh, grandmother, what big eyes you have!" - "All the better to see you with." - "Oh, grandmother, what big hands you have!" - "All the better to grab you with!" - "Oh, grandmother, what a horribly big mouth you have!" - "All the better to eat you with!"
These drawings developed as an expression of the distance and discord that exists in my own path of discipleship or pilgrimage. As they navigate the space, their bodies shift, stabilize, and at times conform to the surface and space. The symbols included in each drawing invoke the processing of information as well as the progression through trial and deterrents to faith practice.
He Inviteth All
"...and he inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God" (2 Nephi 26:33). Selected Entry for the 2022 12th International Art Competition of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
These Prayers We Offer
This series was created for a solo exhibition at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. BYU is a religious university and this show gave me the opportunity to express ideas surround prayer in an abstracted style. The hope was that viewer could find themselves in the forms and the words as they consider their own spiritual practice.
"I am always interested in that relationship between outer reality and inner desire, and I think it is important to pay attention to the inner voice because it is the only way to discover your mission in life and the only way to develop the strength to break with whatever familial or cultural norms are preventing you from fulfilling your destiny." – Laura Esquivel
Philosophies of Men
This autobiographical work uses a constructed abstract with narrative elements to create a dialogue with the viewer concerning the conflicted nature of information and opinion. The process of creating the work reflects its aim by developing a push and pull between applied ink which is added then removed through masks and cutting of the paper, only to be added back in again in multiple ways.
All That Jazz
"The memory of things gone is important to a jazz musician. Things like old folks singing in the moonlight in the back yard on a hot night or something said long ago." – Louis Armstrong
What Sayest Thou?
"When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more." (John 8:10-11). Accepted entry in the 2000 11th International Art Competition for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Escape! (CQ/49 Winner)
Will our hero make it out?! This is a new promotional piece made entirely in Adobe Illustrator. Winning entry in Creative Quarterly #49/Illustration.
“Straight roads do not make skillful drivers." – Paulo Coelho
The Early Bird (Creative Quarterly 61 Runner-Up)
"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song." – Maya Angelou
We're All Different
"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." –Ralph Waldo Emerson
Les Fleurs du Mal
“the Devil's hand directs our every move - / the things we loathed become the things we love” ― Charles Baudelaire, Les Fleurs du Mal
The Fisher King
As the king began to drink, he realized his wound was healed. He looked in his hands and there was the holy grail, that which he sought all of his life.
"The wolf on the hill is not as hungry as the wolf climbing the hill." – Arnold Schwarzenegger
The Tempter (Creative Quarterly 54: Runner-Up)
"And upon seeing her beauty, the Tempter wept..."
The Sorcerer weaves his magic spell...
Eye for an Eye
Yearning to Breathe Free
Something To Say
The After Party Party
Sing Your Song! (Creative Quarterly 59 Winner)
Acta Non Verba
Flow: Be Somewhere Else
This series extends my previous "Be Somewhere" series into more narrative and colorful concepts. It was presented at my solo exhibition, titled "Flow", at the Kimball Arts Center in Park City, Utah.
Before the Fall
Small series of graphite drawings focused on the concept of containment, conformity, and adaptation.