In the artist's own words:

In The Gilded Gyre, I've painstakingly transformed the humble paper-pulp packing forms that typically elicit no more than a quick glance as we Americans unwrap our new smartphones, video games, Dyson vacuums or 50-inch TVs. Using traditional techniques, I've gilded these objects with metal leaf - creating my own fool's gold from material that typically is destined for the recycling bin. Transformed into precious objects, these quirky shapes can remind the viewer of totemic forms, tribal art, space-age toys. Suddenly mysterious and consequential, they invite investigation.

And, I hope, they also remind us about our Western addiction to the shiny new products with which we so casually fill our lives. Like the trash gyres in the Pacific Ocean where plastic rubbish bobs and spins in perpetuity, many of us find ourselves swamped with stuff that seems both necessary to 21st century life - and also threatens to overwhelm it.

In my sister project, the Bling Collage Series, I again refer to consumerism and excess in this second Gilded Age, where billionaires and oligarchs circle the globe on private jets in search of art, glamour, fashion and power. Using images culled from luxury magazines, I enhance the already over-the-top $10,000 handbags, sable jackets, half-million-dollar watches, infinity swimming pools and Bentleys designed to appeal to the Superrich. It appears that, for the .001%, it's hard to find things to buy that put even a tiny dent in their net worth. In their final form, the collage are printed digitally and mounted behind shiny acrylic, returning the images to the glossiness of the high-end magazines they came from. In a way, the Bling images are hyped-up "re-advertisements," for imaginary products that are not outside the realm of imagination for today's global Superrich.















Education

1996- 1998
Vermont College, MFA 1995-1996
Graduate School of Figurative Art, New York Academy of Art

Solo Exhibitions

2010
Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Manhattan, KS
Luise Ross Gallery, New York, NY
2007
Wichita Art Museum, KS
Luise Ross Gallery, New York, NY
Gallery 384, Catskill, NY
2003/04
The Gallery at R&F, Kingston, NY
2003
Latin Collector Gallery, New York, NY
2001
Bridgewater/Lustberg/Blumenfeld Gallery, New York, NY
2000
Mulvane Gallery, Washburn University, Topeka, KS
1998
Bridgewater/Lustberg Gallery, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions

2014
New York Eden, Luise Ross Gallery, New York, NY
2013
The Metro Show, Luise Ross Gallery booth, New York, NY
2009
Pretty, Strange, Luise Ross Gallery, New York, NY
2007
Rare Birds, Luise Ross Gallery, New York, NY
Contiuum, St. Peterís College Art Gallery, Jersey City, NJ
Kansas Masters, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, KS
2006
Luminous Depths, Ben Shahn Galleries, Wayne, NJ
WaxWorks, Silvermine Art Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT
Impulse, Portland, OR Art Center
Ordered, Gallery Siano, Philadelphia, PA
Generation 5, AIR Gallery, New York, NY
Tax-Onomies Portfolio Project, Cynthia Broan Gallery, New York, NY
2005/06
WAX, Brush Gallery, Lowell Historic Park, MA
2005
Encaustic Works 2005, Dorsky Museum (SUNY-New Paltz)
Optical Simulations, Yellowbird Art Center, Newburgh, NY
Engaging the Structural, Broadway Gallery, New York, NY
Ideal, Metaphor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2004
Unnatural, Full Spectrum Gallery, Lakewood, NJ
Gregg & Sono, Unison Arts Center, New Paltz, NY
Art in Embassies Program, U.S. Ambassador's Residence, Malawi
On Your Marks, NY Mercantile Exchange Gallery, New York, NY
2003
Litchfield Collects, Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, CT
Off the Beaten Track: Contemporary Mindscapes, Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, MA
Collecting and Connecting, Mulvane Gallery, Washburn University, Topeka, KS
2002
Hot Wax, Cummings Art Center, Connecticut College
Wax and Encaustic, Denise Bibro Gallery, New York, NY
Abstract Dilemnas, Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg College; Allentown PA
2001
A Moveable Feast of American Art, The Official Residence of the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
The Criticís Choice, Organization of Independent Artists, New York, NY
2000
Toward the New: American Abstract Artists, Hillwood Art Museum
2001
Long Island University
Organization of Independent Artists, The Art Club, New York, NY 1999
Encaustic Works 1999, Watermark Cargo Gallery, Kingston, NY
Nine Lives: Painting at the end of the 20th Century, B.K. Smith Gallery, Lake Erie College, Cleveland, OH
Wood Art Gallery, Montpelier, VT
1998
Cooperstown National, Cooperstown, NY
Blue Mountain Gallery, New York, NY 1998, 7, 6, 5
Organization of Independent Artists, Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY
Cooperstown National, Cooperstown, NY
1994
Chautauqua Gallery, New York, NY 1992,1
Trenkmann Gallery, New York, NY 1991
Faber Birren Color Show, Stamford, CT
Helio Gallery, New York, NY

Bibliography

Review, ARTnews, January, 2008
"Geometry Reloaded," by Lily Wei; NY Arts, May/June 2005
Review, Catskill Guide, January 2004
Review, Springfield Republican, Dec. 14, 2003
Review, ARTnews, Sept. 2003
New York Times Connecticut Section, Nov. 10, 2002
NY Arts Online, Sept. 19, 2002
Mandalas, 2001, Weiser Books
The Art of Encaustic Painting, 2001, Watson-Guptill
Review, ARTnews, October 2001
Review, M Magazine (The New York Art World), Summer 2001
New York Times Weekend Art Guide, May 18 and 25, 2001
New York Magazine Art Guide, May 21, 2001
Review, ARTnews, January 1999
FCI News Express (Japanese Television), Oct. 26, 1998

Artist Residency

2005
Yaddo, Saratoga Spring, NY
2002
Escape to Create, The Seaside Institute. Seaside, FL