I was born in Milwaukee, WI in 1976. Growing up I was lucky enough to
have frequent trips to the Milwaukee Public Museum and the Milwaukee
Art Museum. Both made me wide-eyed, excited, and I loved going.
When I was young, upon seeing a Cy Twombly, I asked why there was a
chalkboard in the museum. I was so impressed when told it was painted to
look that way. And when I saw Julian Schnabel’s plate paintings, I thought,
“You can do that?” But I think my favorite to this day is Miro’s “The King’s
Jester” (Le Fou Du Roi). Seeing that painting as a child set the tone for the
things in life I‘d be attracted to.
Having art and museums in my life has always been important. We
are lucky in the midwest, we have some increadible mueseums, the
Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Walker Art Center both here in
Minneapolis. There‘s the Milwaukee Public Museum and its award winning
expansion, the Quadracci Pavilion, designed by world-renowned architect
Santiago Calatrava. And of course The Art Institute of Chicago and its
incredible collection (they have de Koonings, Excavation!).
That’s the goal, that’s where I want to be as an artist. I’d like to see my
work in those collections, in those museums. I look at what I’m doing as
a lifes work. It’s about devoting my life to art. I want to elevate what I’m
doing to that level and create work of that caliber. I want to inspire others
as I was inspired so many years ago. I want to leave my mark.
Some kid grow up going to stadiums and dream of being a Brewer, a
Viking or a Bull. I wanted to be Picasso, Miro, Twombly…