By taking advantage of oil paint’s luminosity to construct alternative realities in space, I use saturated colors and thin glazes to create semi-realistic figures that evoke a sense of hyper masculinity and sexuality. My recent work has been focused on advertisements, especially ones utilizing trendy celebrities, that combine my interest in comic book iconography. I am also interested in making images about my own relationship with queer desire in a way that mimics the format of high fashion photography while amplifying the masculine ideal.
My current work in graduate school focuses on bridging my queer sensibilities with my Appalachian upbringing. While these contrasting identities are often viewed in opposition to one another, I find a relationship of dichotomy in ideas about the American South and of queer iconography, both of existing in and outside of it. My paintings have their own logic and rules, maintaining their own believably in the space while also referencing fashion photography manipulated by digital collage.