The vibrant, architectural paintings that I create are inspired by ‘empty’ homes located in Omaha, Nebraska. ‘Empty’ makes reference to homes that are not currently occupied. They may be between renters, on the market to sell, foreclosed by the bank, or just abandoned. I began this body of work when a house across the street from my studio suddenly went from occupied to foreclosed. What was once an energetic, busy home is now a boarded-up, sterile structure. It made me reflect on the 15 different buildings I have called ‘home’ throughout my life and how they each were a vessel that held me. Each home was a place I belonged to; a place of comfort and safety.
By constructing and layering multiple buildings on top of each other in a single painting, I reproduce the situation of homes transitioning from one resident to the next or from occupied to foreclosed. The structural play of dense, transparent, and opaque color blocking in the paintings present a whirlwind of visual incident. The use of vibrant colors inspired by house paint chip walls adds to the aesthetic experience.