MFA ’14 Fine Arts Low-Residency
My artistic base and inspiration is my backyard view of Micha’s Pond in Osterville, MA, where generations of my family have lived, loved, and worked. As a young man, I, like many of my friends, left Cape Cod to experience the world. I studied art and traveled extensively to then return home to my family and run our family businesses. I then painted my landscape through new eyes, moving from the representation of my youth into layered abstraction, to include all the layers of meaning that emerge in full voice. Even after all this time, there is always something new to explore, discover and paint. My life and my paintings embody the contradictory dialectic of my existence as a land-owning Black man in America. I have always been pushed to define my work in one way, but I cannot because I am many things at one time, all of which are layered into my paintings.