My pieces are at times a formal exercise to use shape, line, light, texture, and stark contrast to form compositions that reference and continue a conversation between abstract expressionism and minimalism. I consider myself very much a student of artists, and I vaguely refer to their work on my own, while also attempting to place it in a contemporary context by adding undertones relating to social, political, and environmental issues in a balanced and nuanced way.

I form my compositions by drawing on ideas, figments, and scenes from environments influenced by man's hand and materials- construction sites, rock formations, cornfield rows, power lines, roads, asphalt lots, dirt, sand, and concrete.

As my work has progressed the direction it has taken has been more of a nuanced visual translation of the industries we ignore and the people we ignore using the materials we don't think about to comment on the invisible infrastructure of brown-ness in a society that swears it doesn't see color in polite company.

 

Education

University of North Texas

        BFA in Studio Art, 2011

Publications

2016

    New American Paintings West #126, The Open Studios Press

         Juror: Claire C. Carter, Curator of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Group and Solo Exhibitions

2017

    ¿Quienes somos?¿De donde venimos?, Erik J Jonsson Public Library Art Gallery, Dallas, TX

    The Big Show, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX

         Juror: Toby Kamps, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Menil Collection

    Solo Show [Down], Fort Worth Community Art Center, Fort Worth, TX

         Juror: Jennifer Casler Price, Curator, Kimbell Art Museum

    Twenty-eight International Juried Exhibition, Viridian Gallery, New York, NY

         Juror: Susan Thompson, Assistant Curator, Guggenheim

    Paper Works, Fort Works Art, Fort Worth, TX

         Juror: Allison Hearst, Curator, Fort Worth Modern

    2017 Annual Contemporary Art Survey, The Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, CO

         Juror: Zoe Larkins, Curatorial Associate, MCA Denver

    30th Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA

         Juror: Gia Hamilton, Director, Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans

    45th International Juried Art Exhibit, Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, Brownsville, TX

    Aspect 2017, Houston Community College, Houston, TX

    Opening Group Show, North Set Studios, Houston, TX

2016

    The 6th Chicano/a Biennial, MACLA, San Jose, CA

    500X Expo Juried Exhibition, 500X, Dallas, TX

         Juror: Rachel Rogerson, Director, MAC, Dallas TX

    3rd Coast National, K Space Contemporary, Corpus Christi, TX

         Juror: Sharon Kopriva

    things I see things I am, Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, TX

         Curator: Clint Willour, Curator, Galveston Arts Center

    The Big Show, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX

         Jurors: Apsara DiQuinzio, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, BAMPFA

                    Tina Kukielski, Executive Director, Art21

    Known and Underknown, 1600 Smith, Houston, TX

         Curator: Sally Reynolds

2015

    500X Expo Juried Exhibition, 500X, Dallas, TX

         Juror: Erin Cluley, owner, Erin Cluley Gallery, Dallas, TX

    Horizon: Contemporary Landscape Juried Exhibition, Community Arts Center, Danville, KY

    7th Annual Juried Exhibition, Archway Gallery, Houston, TX

    2nd Annual Regional Juried Exhibition, Artspace 111, Fort Worth, TX, Juror's Pick Award

         Juror: Vernon Fischer 

    Open Air Artfest, Mariago Collective, Houston, TX

2012

    Hunting Prize, Toyota Campus, Houston, TX

    Rising Eyes of Texas 2012, Rockport Art Center, Rockport, TX

2011

    Untitled Milpas, BFA Senior Exhibition at North Gallery, Denton, TX

2010

    Carlos Merida: Mexican Costume and Carnival at UNT on the Square, Denton, TX