Cleanup after the Typhoon, Oita
charcoal on paper
50" x 38"
Drawing is my primary means of expression. In my work I focus on the human figure in contemporary urban settings: subject matter taken from my personal experience. I divide compositions into panels, borrowing storytelling conventions from comic books. Depicted narratives are usually about everyday life with minimal overt drama, yet composition, juxtaposition of panels, and the shifting points of view between panels add dynamism to my work.
The subjects I depict come from my time in the United States and Japan. I grew up in the Midwest, yet I’ve spent every summer in Japan since 2002. In 2003 I earned a BFA from Bradley University then lived in Kagoshima City, Japan, until 2006, where my wife and I owned a conversational English school. I earned an MFA from California State University, Long Beach in 2008 and have taught in Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois. I’ve taught at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX since 2013. My family and I look forward to returning to Japan next summer.