I am the featured artist of the month over at Glovebox. They just posted a quick interview I did with them so, go to GLVBX.com and have a look. Also, be sure to check back throughout the month as they will be posting a few other nick-centric articles including some studio visit photos.

EDIT: Site seems to be gone, so I will repost the short interview, and images.


Congratulations on your recent Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant for painting! What do you think sets you apart from other artists and for what do you plan on using the grant?

I have no idea, I guess they just like my approach to painting. The money has just been going right back in to making better paintings, it has allowed me to use better materials and spend more time focusing on each piece.

You explain that your portraits are an “attempt at capturing the essence of being human” – what is it about a woman’s face and/or body that speaks to you and what does it say?

Really what I mean by that is, the paintings attempt to visually capture the essence of someone. Yes, you can make out all these details like wrinkles and freckles, but when you take a closer look the canvas just explodes into a mess of chaotic paint strokes. I want the visual experience to relay the idea that, when you see someone, they may have a pimple or whatever but, your brain generally just skips over that and you leave with an overall feeling for their character. Nobody remembers the pimple.

Your work focuses on your subject, everyday people, how they interrelate, portray themselves and make you feel – do you translate this to the canvas solely through your visual experience or is there a personal story involved?

I am very much trying to relay personal stories through my paintings although; the stories are not necessarily true. Often the stories are based on the places my imagination goes when meeting a new person. Generally the idea is to have a simple, sort of folk art, root and then grow this really elaborate technically painted image on top of it.

In celebrating what some might find to be flaws, your portraits highlight freckles, wrinkles, scars, etc. If you were to paint a self-portrait, what would you show of yourself, literally or figuratively?

I think a self-portrait would be even more literal than my portraits of others. It’s so difficult to step out of your own brain and show yourself honestly. I would end up fixated on all those details that relay some small fragment of my story – the scar above my eye where I accidentally poked myself with a knife, the chipped tooth that I gave up on repairing after the cap fell off 3 times, the new wrinkles that are starting to creep to the surface – it would be a map to the Nick of today.

What do you think of the Boston art scene and how do you see it growing? How does Glovebox and the Distillery, your live/work space, fit into this future?

This is such a huge question, my theory changes on that daily. I will say that Glovebox, and things like it are what will help grow the Boston art scene. The new platforms that are building bridges from the Boston scene out into the world are what will ultimately let Boston take the next step.