My work is primarily concerned with an image of American masculinity embedded in the popular culture of the past. Motivated by deep-rooted connections and lifelong interests, I seek to unravel personal and national histories, particularly the mythologies of the American West, and the U.S military.
I mine old photographs, newspapers and other discarded print material- ephemeral things whose story continues to resonate as time passes. Closely reproducing this material is a labor of love, and my hope is not to merely replicate that which already exists, but to look closely and honestly at these forgotten and abandoned things. It is during this delicate process of replication that a relationship develops between the object of study, the painting, and myself. I am continually intrigued by, and often held captive to, the humble details that reveal themselves in this act of looking. By exploring the gaps and connections between history and mythology, object and observer, I strive to tease out a subtler story than the one evident on the page.