"I’ve been creating visual art for the last 10 years. Originally from Michigan, I live in and work in Thomas, WV, a place of compelling, if not incomparable magic. There, i co-own The White Room where i show work with other regional artist and friends. I also keep a personal showspace down the street from there named “Creature” which acts as a studio, gallery and imaginarium for my work.
I’m self taught, didn’t go to art school and never really thought of myself as a visual artist until about 10 years ago when i realized it was the way i was spending most of my free time. This is an important part of the story for me because i grew up believing that i couldn’t draw or paint and that i wasn’t a visual artist at all. It wasn’t until i stopped trying to make any particular kind of art and just made work that i related to, that i began to feel confident in my process. I feel lucky that i could have faith in my early work (which was literally populated by stick men) and that i kept doing it for the joy of creation rather than being discouraged that i wasn’t technically skilled. A lot of times, that stuff follows after, but the most important thing to me has always been that i enjoy the process."
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