My paintings investigate hypothetical futures as a failed painter. Developed intuitively through formal questions and decisions, each depicts a figure engaging in a newfound amateur endeavor, sport, or chore unknown to me. My familiarity with these activities is learned through painting, incorporating small gestures that integrate details from my personal history.
Referencing Dutch Golden Age painting, Cubism, Chicago Imagists, 1980’s Figuration, and an Italian Catholic North Jersey upbringing, my autobiographical portraits consider each of these histories as they express a commitment to mundane rituals. These narratives of anticipation, doubt, and navigation of the unknown act doubly as a metaphor for painting itself.