Date of Award

Spring 5-6-2012

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Art and Design

First Advisor

Craig Dongoski

Second Advisor

Pam Longobardi

Third Advisor

Anthony Craig Drennen


The road to becoming an artist is paved with much confusion as we try to mold our brains into understanding abstract concepts and ideas. I became fascinated with how people perceive art, in particular, southern males that have no previous knowledge of art history or desire to learn. I contemplated long and hard about this and asked myself the question, “What if they did want to understand art?” The only difference between my brethren and I is this desire to pursue this seemingly foreign world. By creating an imaginary world and culture based on my own southern upbringing I have created a series of figurative paintings exploring various contemporary art themes in an effort to clarify my own understanding of the two worlds I am closest to and how they may or may not be related.