Both coming into and honing one’s artistry is a highly personal process. One must be sensitive to his cultural landscape and be intimately involved in the interpersonal relations of his social space. In other words, the artist must become deeply familiar and concerned with his or her perspective of the world, so much so, that he desires to effect change within it. The intimacy the artist experiences with his worldview, then, is what allows for the creation of great art. As an artist, I find myself most attracted to the form of letters and words.
Typography allows for me to create and transform text into graphic elements in order to visually represent ideas and messages. As Sol Lewitts’ wrote, “Ideas alone can be works of art; they are in a chain of development that may eventually find some form.” The application of color, controlled use of angles, balance and spacing of the respective design aspects contribute to the aesthetic quality, integrity, and coherency of a given work. My personal style is conscious of the orderliness of the design; that is, I work towards a simple elegance, using angles to create fluid transitions and a formal palette of neutral tones to create a handsome product.
The personality of my artwork is a byproduct of my education at a small liberal arts college with a nationally accredited studio arts department. Moreover, I have drawn inspiration from a series of graphic designers, painters, and architects alike. Piet Mondrian’s orderly use of lines and shapes, Paul Rand’s ability to elicit meaning from typographic manipulation, and the industrial colors and harsh angles of Rem Koolhaas’ architecture have all been influential in the development of my artistic character.
As a graphic designer, I am proficient in the use of Adobe Creative Suite, which includes Indesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Flash. Furthermore, I am familiar with the use of large format printers and other instruments necessary for the construction of large-scale installations. The fashioning of text in new and interesting ways requires a wide variety of technical skills, which I constantly strive to master. The use of unique scales, forms, sites and/or locations all function to successfully evoke the signification of a graphic designer.
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