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I was born an identical twin in Schenectady, NY in 1974. I grew up in a suburb of Atlanta and became serious about art at the age of 14, when my father was diagnosed with ALS; he died two years later. After earning a BFA from the University of Georgia in 1997, I walked the 2,200 miles of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine in 1998. This allowed me to consider all I had seen, done, and experienced thus far in my life. It changed me in ways I am still realizing. I spent the next three years as a bike messenger in Atlanta. When I carried all of my possessions on my back, I could either work in sketchbooks or stop making art. I chose the first option. I completed two cross-continent bicycle tours in the United States and I continued to work blue collar jobs until I went back to school to support my new family in 2006 at the University of Oregon where I earned a bachelors in biology, a master’s in education, and became a high school science teacher. I taught for two years in a public high school in Springfield, Oregon, and ten years at an elite private school in Washington, DC. Finally, I went back to school in 2021 to earn an MFA in studio art at American University in 2022.

My background, interests, and the importance of justice and neuroscience in education have influenced my artwork, and drive much of my academic research practice. In my artwork however, I tend towards the personal before the political. My research is, like my art, a journey towards understanding not a pronouncement of it. In my research, life, teaching, and art, I am interested in the journey. I ask questions and learn to ask better questions through the asking. As a young man and then as a hiker, I discovered that obdurate circumstances teach me; as a parent I found that my children teach me; as a teacher, I discovered that my students teach me. Each person I interact with gives me another opportunity to learn. Every day I hope to understand more. I hope to become better at teaching, parenting, learning, and making art by continuing to live and staying open to experiences I record in my sketchbooks.


I work in sketchbooks every day. The notes I take, the journal entries and poems I write, as well as the sketches and visual experiments I record in my sketchbooks form the center of my artistic practice. My work usually starts with drawing and painting, though I work in all mediums and the detritus of life often finds its way into my 2-D and sculptural work. I let chance initiate many of my images; each painting I create is a portrait of the moments in time that lead to now—combined with the realities I cannot avoid.

Solo Exhibitions


Ritual, Alchemy of Art, Baltimore, MD


Four lines of Inquiry, Alchemy of Art, Baltimore, MD


Ants are Cavemen, DC Arts Center Nano Gallery, Washington, DC



In a little while I’ll be gone, Snake Hill Tavern, Baltimore, MD



Clockwork, The Cutting Room, Manhattan, NY


25 years of work (a retrospective), Takoma Beverage Company, Takoma Park, MD



The Cutie and the Creep, Plaza Fine Art, Silver Spring, MD



Embrace the Monster, Coffee People, Eugene, OR


No limit to that vastness, Jawbreaker Gallery, Eugene, OR



Collected works, Gallery of Unfine Art, Eugene OR


Monsters, Downtown Lounge, Eugene, OR 



Be the light, Young Blood Gallery, Atlanta, GA



Pictures of you, Lamar Dodd Gallery, Athens, GA

Selected Group Exhibitions


After the end quote, Yumi Hogan Gallery, BWI, Baltimore, MD


End Quote, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Katzen Museum 

American University, Washington DC


Identity, Katzen Art Center Rotunda Gallery, American University, Washington, DC


Cadmium Blue Collective Group Show, Portico Gallery, Brentwood, MD


Introspection, Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC



Pop-up, Night Owl Gallery, Baltimore, MD



Home, Strathmore Museum Mansion, Rockville, MD


Small works, Y: Art Gallery, Baltimore, MD



Nocturne: Plein Air painting competition. Night Owl Gallery, Baltimore, MD 


Labor Day Show, Glen Echo Art Center, Glen Echo, MD


Students of Gavin Glakas, Yellow Barn Gallery, Glen Echo, MD


Superheroes, Y:Art Gallery  Baltimore, MD



DC Sticker Expo, The Fridge, Washington, DC


Unframed, Willow Street Gallery, Washington, DC



I am not me without you, Takoma Park Community Center Gallery, Takoma Park, MD



Dia de los Muertos, Maude Kerns Gallery, Eugene, OR



Prudence, Gallery of Unfine Art, Eugene, OR



BFA Exit Show, Lamar Dodd Gallery, Athens, GA

Theater Productions, Set and Prop Design


2022 Cabaret, American University (Katzen Theater), Washington, DC


2017 Booty Candy, Montgomery College (Silver Spring Campus), Silver Spring, MD


2016 Natural Causes, Montgomery College (Silver Spring Campus), Silver Spring, MD


2016 Firebugs, Montgomery College (Silver Spring Campus), Silver Spring, MD




2019 Collage workshop, Art Enables, Washington, DC

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