I find things with interesting textures and think, I want to make something out of that. The objects I find are often otherwise
useless: containers, packing materials, packaging, paint that dried on my palette.  They are  the residue of our disposable,
one-time-use material culture.  By making art with these objects, I imbue  impermanent things with a new sense of
permanence and purpose.  From the rhythmic interplay of light and shadow on corrugated cardboard, the dreamlike
diaphanous nature of plastic shopping bags, the brilliant hues of the bottles that make our packaged beverages seem all the
more appealing, every assemblage in the series is infused with its own peculiar beauty.  And I call this style of working with
the by-products of the products we buy Post-Consumerism.
The Doll Project

The Doll Project is a series of conceptual digital photographs that uses fashion dolls to embody the negative messages the
media gives to young girls.   Though it would not be fair to blame it all on Barbie, there have been many instances in which
she has come dangerously close.  I chose to use Barbie dolls because they are miniature mannequins, emblems of the fashion
world writ small, a representation of our culture's impossible standards of beauty scaled to one sixth actual size. The little pink
scale and
How To Lose Weight book are both real Barbie accessories from the 1960s.  They are recurring motifs in the pictures
in the series, symbolizing the ongoing dissatisfaction many girls and women feel about their weight and body image.  The
dolls' names, Ana and Mia, are taken from internet neologisms coined by anorexic and bulimic girls who have formed online
communities with the unfortunate purpose of encouraging each other in their disordered eating.  With each passing era, Ana
and Mia are younger and younger, and the physical ideal to which they aspire becomes more unattainable.  They internalize
the unrealistic expectations of a society that digitally manipulates images of women in fashion and beauty advertisements and
value their own bodies only as objects for others to look at and desire.  

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My recessionist assemblages are made of  shredded money.  They express my great frustration and bewilderment with the state
of the economy and the job market.  In addition to two-dimensional assemblages, the
Countdown to Meltdown video is also a
part of this series.  Click the image to see the rest of the series and
read about it at my blog.
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I can make your painting in any colors you like.

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Once you pay 50% of the cost of your painting and sign the commission agreement, I will start
working on it.  When your painting is complete, pay the remaining 50%.
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3) Choose your texture

Combine different textures for a look that's uniquely your own.  
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