Painting

About this line of my work:

For twenty years as a figure skater, I ripped through, shredded and etched ice in pursuit of meeting every challenge that faced me in the sport of skating. Everyday, the ice would start glissenning and smooth. The first steps onto it would hiss almost imperceptably. But the end of practice would reveal the opposite: a matte and rough surface. Both I and the ice were worn… all that was left was grit and scars. But as I’d look out onto that marred surface, I’d see my day, recorded in every scrape, cut, and frosty burr. A detailed accounting of my actions taken in pursuit of a dream. 

In the fall of 2017, seven years after my retirement from TeamUSA, I began working on skated paintings. Each piece starts just as that flawless sheet of ice did. Then, using custom roller-skates and a set of bottles, funnels, and tubes I have devised for this work, I become a human paintbrush, letting pigments run through the wheels under my feet so as to draw onto the canvas a record of my paths. In some cases, I use synthetic ice as an underlayment and employ my skates as a press rather than a brush, picking up pigments from cuts of the past while recording the present. 

The paintings created through this line of my work remind me to consider my path in life as a series of actions across time. Some actions may be flawed in their effects. Some maybe more perfect than I could have wished. None are erasable. And all together, they make for a beautiful record of life. 


This portfolio is ever expanding as I continue my practice.

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Image from canvas painting with skates at ArtWalk West 2017.
 

 

In addition to Live Action Skate Painting, I am experimenting with blade paintings and synthetic ice prints combined with paintings. Below is a sampling of the work that has been produced from these processes.

Traces
Traces | 2017 | Watercolor on canvas with black gesso printmaking technique to capture skate blade tracings from synthetic ice | 20″x24″
Unseen 2017
Unseen | Acrylic, Gesso, Spray paint, and Gloss Medium on Canvas using a figure skating blade to apply and carve the surface | 2017 | 11″x20″

Finally, I have worked with various businesses to create murals based on their logos.

Mural Painting: (images to be added from portfolio shortly)

ArborCreek‘ (Place of Business | Texas)

Laugh‘ (Residence | Texas)

Memory‘ (Residence | Texas)

The Body Lab (Place of Business | Connecticut)