I am an American painter based in Galway. I work in oils and vinyl emulsion paint on linen and wood panel. When I consider the current and overwhelming influence of the digital, the inconvenience of painting as a form of examination and dissemination becomes really enticing. It’s irrational and old and it grounds me in my body, allowing me to be wholly present.
When sketching, I pull from the remembered experience of exploring the outdoors on foot, creating a symbolic shorthand for the quiddity of a specific landscape. I think of the paintings as unreliable narratives – as opportunities to examine my personal mythologies. Personal mythologies become the plural, and vice versa when unreliable narratives are allowed to shape systems of power through the digital platforms of politics, religion, and science.
Although not directly visible in the paintings, writing – whether on my own or with an AI tool – has become a regular part of my process. It gives me the distance I need to reflect on what I’ve read, painted, and lived. It supports my ongoing examination of how landscape, spiritual beliefs, and technology shape prominent narratives of connection, belonging, and otherness.