Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts



First Advisor

Wesley Berg

Second Advisor

Shaun Roberts

Third Advisor

Candace Hicks

Fourth Advisor

Michael Maurer


.Pause. is a series of fifteen abstract oil paintings that represent a visual inspection of changing mental/emotional states of being as we navigate life. My subject matter consists of natural and organic forms that twist, contort, overlap, and flow. These aspects—combined with dramatic and gradual shifts in color, movement, layering and lighting—create a bizarre environment of conflict and growth as well as a space for contemplation.

This series is a mixture of stylistic directions, including abstract representation, gestural, and nonobjective work. Perception is called into question as the visual information becomes more obscure. Outside elements, such as lighting and the viewer’s position, play a large role in shaping the audience experience.

My work includes themes similar to contemporary representational artists and stylistic choices reminiscent of the abstract expressionists.

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