I was born and raised in southern WV, the son of a coal miner and dental assistant, I grew up around a few hundred people and lived 20 minutes from a town of just over 7,000. I was educated at Marshall University, achieving a BFA with a focus on painting in 2010, becoming the first in my immediate family to obtain a higher education. I currently reside and work in Columbus Ohio as an artist and full-stack programmer.
I have been influenced heavily by Cubism, with the style forming a strong point of personal history in my maturation and understanding of modern art as it compelled me to look past the typical art I was exposed to and view more abstract and challenging pieces. I also draw heavily from the Impressionist and Fauvist masters that came to drive my research in undergrad and this combination of influences creates a desire in me to re-contextualize the subject viewing plane to create a multi-faceted plane of shape and color.
Currently, with my pieces, I strive to use classical figures and traditions in a contemporary manner, to turn an ever-mindful eye towards the history of art to reinterpret current social events. This hope to tackle the subject matter with an eye towards social consciousness has led me to strive and push my limitations with various media, experimenting to find some way to comment on and attempt to tackle modern issues through art.