Vanitas (for Kelly)

As I traverse the Southwestern landscape on my weekly commutes from Las Cruces, New Mexico to Tucson, I witness an abundance of carcasses and roadkill along the sides of the highway. I am made aware of my own vulnerability while simultaneously being reminded of the iconic painted skulls of Georgia O’Keefe. I find this cocktail of decomposition and romance to be a perfect metaphor for the allure of repulsion.


The use of euphemisms when speaking about tragedy, pain, and death is a way of offsetting the severity of such realities. It makes them more palatable. This current body of work uses the types of clichés frequently associated with these afflictions, as visual euphemisms to moderate the suffering of our own mortality.

Pour and Sift
Pour and Sift

oil on panel 32" x 32"

Suspend and Suiture
Suspend and Suiture

oil on panel 36.5" x 45"

Remnant
Remnant

oil on panel 11.5" x 10"

Red Scar
Red Scar

oil on panel 24" x 16"

Nest and Skull
Nest and Skull

oil on panel 9" x 11"

Nest
Nest

oil on panel 9" x 11"