MFA Master Project

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art



First Reader/Committee Chair

Spence, Bradley


I am a storyteller.

I just happen to paint, draw and sculpt my stories more often than I write them. Thematically, I gravitate towards stories that speak about ecological and humanitarian concerns. Fantasy illustration is where I can create with the greatest freedom and indulge my love of crafting stories, and also as a form of escapism. As the author

Ursula K. Le Guin quotes, “If the direction of escape is towards freedom, what then is ‘escapism’ an accusation of?” Long running series of programs, films and books attest to this desire to be engaged at a deeper, more meaningful level that allows people to escape from their realities, if only for a little while. What I am endeavoring to do with my art is to capture a sense of escape from the way the world is, and reframe it as an exploration of what a world could be. I try to create places where people can see themselves as accepted and celebrated for who they are, where the environment is viewed as vital and where the struggle to protect these tenets is just.

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