"I applied to the USP after learning about the program through my mentor Lauren Lake. We discussed the important role the USP program has played for others pursuing their BFA at UF. The program allowed me to intern at the Whale and Star Studio in Miami, Florida during summer 2011. During my internship I was immersed in a professional studio environment. This valuable insight into the professional artistic atmosphere and studio practice of artist Enrique Martinez Celaya will assist in my Preparation for a professional career in the arts . My goal for this academic year is to incorporate what I have learned this summer into my own studio and professional practices."
As a visual artist, I am interested in expressing the emotive qualities of the commonality of our cumulative human experience. I look closely at the ways psychological complexities that are unique to us are manifested. In recent work, I investigate how people within contemporary societies distance themselves within their "surroundings". The criteria of distance as physical space is investigated through the human figure as a way to understand myself through the analysis of the visual associations in my work including consumption, etiquette, and transitory states of consciousness.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- Dean's List (2010-2011)
- Dean's List at Santa Fe Community College (2010)
- Fine Arts Scholarship, Santa Fe Community College (2010)
- Best in Show, Santa Fe Community College (2010)
- Graduate Award, Santa Fe Community College (2010)
- League of Innovation Nomination, Santa Fe Community College (2010)
- Best Comic Strip (2010)
- FCCAA State Publications Newspaper, Division A (2009)
- Purchase Award, Palm Beach Community College (2008)
- Painting and Drawing Association
Hobbies and Interests
- Fine Arts, biking, skateboarding, reading, and cooking.
Holistic Practice in Contemporary Art
I was given the opportunity to intern for one month this past summer at the Whale and Star studio with artist Enrique Martinez Celaya in Miami Florida. The internship allowed me to be involved in all aspects of the studios professional practice. The Whale and Star studio believes that this approach compliments a student’s university training as well as providing hands-on, in-depth practical experience. One aspect about the Whale and Star studio and specifically Celaya’s work that sparked my interest is his use of a range of media in order to bring his ideas to fruition. The studio art program at the University of Florida fosters a similar philosophy in the Drawing major. Lake strongly believes that, “drawing is the primacy of thinking and that the significance of drawing as a tool for visual thinking and problem solving is at the core of the program.” Such a multidisciplinary studio environment will be a beneficial path in the way in which my education is orienting itself. The Whale and Star studio has established itself around a more holistic approach to contemporary art, focusing their efforts on ascetic and reclusive tradition while reaching out to the local as well as international community. This balance along with Celaya’s technique are of great interest to me and something I plan to further investigate and incorporate into my own studio and professional practices. Upon completion of the internship I plan to have an exhibition of my work at the School of Art’s Focus Gallery in the spring of 2011. This show will exhibit work created at the Whale and Star studio as well as works that have been directly influenced by knowledge attained during the program.