Fore Fathers

Charcoal
40" x 42"

As a visual artist I use painting and drawing as a critical language to explore contemporary society, politics and concepts of identity in our modern world. In my most recent drawings I incorporate a wide variety of images. Using images with historical reference, childhood imagery, fairy tales and political iconography. These elements along with images of everyday life confronts the viewer at an intersection with a broad range of cultural moments. This intersection creates a dynamic interplay with the past and present. As past and present meet there is a realizing of “the ties that bind us” through history, family and politics.


This drawing look at images of identity through our cultural myths. Bringing into question the belief system through which our society sees the world. Through the odd juxtaposition of cultural moments, one is lead to our commonality realizing what seems to divide us is actually “the ties that bind”

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