I am a graphic
narrative illustrator and a comic book artist working primarily with fine ink
lines. My subject matter revolves around iconographic traditions of Golden Age
illustrators such as Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac, and my work can be
described as being the visual progeny of Harry Clarke’s drawings and Winsor
McCay’s Sunday morning cartoon panels.
I am interested in exploring the relationships between lines. I maintain a
uniform and arguably flattening line value throughout my work, but I am concerned
with how a line creates depth and space depending on its relationship to other
lines. The greater the number of lines, the more compellingly volumetric the
space can potentially become.
visual source of Golden Age Western illustration also informs my subject matter.
I am particularly interested in unearthing the contemporary implications of
fairy tales. My work explores how fairy tales are re-appropriated and consumed
in today’s culture, and how those deeply gendered images affect the visual
language we use to convey concepts of purity, depravity, love, sex, and
heroism. The images I create feature elegant figures with surreally detailed
masses of ink-contour hair cascading about sparingly outlined bodies.
re-appropriating a visual language of fairy tales from popular books penned and
illustrated over a century ago, I highlight the seemingly aged nature of fairy
tale themes while concurrently reminding the viewer that we inherit the legacy
of the traumas and triumphs of our iconographic past. I aim to ensnare that
legacy within the confines of my dark ink contours.