The earth's surface is a restless jigsaw of abutting, diverging, and colliding slabs of land. Just beneath, volcanic energy constantly threatens to erupt, forming fractures and craters, or giving rise to mountains. These natural forces inspire my work.

I use thick layers of oil, pulled from previously painted canvases, to create new forms. Below the visible surface, paint continues to stratify and evolve, changes that can only be known once freed from the canvas. Juxtaposing chance and choice, I reveal the layers once hidden from view and integrate the newly exposed paint into fragmented topographies that carry with them a history of the paintings that preceded them.

The resulting works speak to both destruction and synthesis, suggesting a momentary stasis and transitory revelation. I am interested in uncertainty; in states of being that may be less permanent than they appear, and the readjustments that occur in response to forces outside of our control.

Education
MFA - Painting
California State University Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
BFA - Environmental Design
East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Selected Exhibitions
2020
A Novel Defense, Face Masks as Art, Slow Down Gallery, Highland Park, CA
2019
Time Under Tension, Irvine Fine Arts Comlex, Irvine CA
LA Open, TAG, Los Angeles, CA
Open House, 18th ST Studio Complex, Santa Monica, CA
2018
(im)Material, Norco College Art Gallery, Norco, CA
50/50, Progress Gallery, Pomona, CA
Show Me Your Hand, Coagula Curatorial, Los Angeles, CA
2017
Cut it Out, Art Share LA, Los Angeles, CA
Art as Protest, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA
Monster Drawing Rally, Outpost for Contemporary Art / Armory Center, Pasadena CA
LA Art Show booth, BG Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2016
Sweet 16, Coagula Curatorial, Los Angeles, CA
Spectrum Gestalt, BG Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2015
Los Angeles Juried Exhibition, Barnsdall Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Window Installation, Slow Down Gallery, Highland Park, CA
Casa Marengo Studio, Avenue 50 Studio complex, Los Angeles, CA
Mixed Nuts, José Drudis-Biada Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Off the Wall, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
2014
Kellogg University Art Gallery, Pomona, CA
2013
Off the Wall, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
2012
Monster Drawing Rally, Outpost for Contemporary Art / Armory Center, Pasadena CA
2011
Chain Letter, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Off the Wall, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
Open Daybook Exhibition, LACE, Los Angeles, CA
2010
Best, Crussel Fine Arts, Orange, CA
2009
Off the Wall, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
2008
Lou We Gallery, Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Juried Exhibition, Barnsdall Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2007
Maximum of Maximums, Me and You Variety Candy, Los Angeles, CA
Whisper down the Lane, Swallow, Los Angeles, CA
Off the Wall, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
2006
The Devil is in the Details, Swallow, Los Angeles, CA
Interactions, Armory Center Northwest, Pasadena, CA
2005
Two Over Hung, Concrete Walls Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Wallworks, LA Artcore Brewery Annex, Los Angeles, CA
2004
LaLa Land, digital media exhibition, Colorado One, Pasadena, CA
Artists in Residence Exhibition, Armory Northwest, Pasadena, CA
2003
Open Haus, Haus, Pasadena, CA
Artist Allure, Hangar 1018, Los Angeles, CA
2001
Shards, Community Installation, Pasadena, CA
2000
Light Show, Redlands University, Redlands, CA
Wall Space, Miller Durazo Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Press
"Abstract Empathy: Irvine Fine Arts Center Offers Two Different Looks Into Our Society"

by Dave Barton, OC Weekly, July 18, 2019

"Time Under Tension at Irvine Fine Arts Center Is Art at Its Most Powerful"

by Evan Senn, Irvine Weekly, July, 2019

"Interview with Casa Marengo"

by Val Echavarria, Hometown Pasadena, Jun 9, 2015