Date of Award


Document Type



College of Visual and Performing Arts

Degree Program

Fine Arts

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Thesis Advisor

Shaun Cassidy

Committee Member

Tom Stanley

Committee Member

Alfred Ward


This statement outlines the theoretical, historical, and conceptual influences that shape my Master of Fine Arts thesis at Winthrop University. It further describes and analyzes the series of paintings that compose my thesis Equilibrium, each one a reflection of my aesthetic experience as I evolved as an artist. As I will illustrate, the aesthetic experiences reflected in my work are intertwined with the artist or movement that inspired me at the time. The series consists of seven large-scale, abstract paintings, where I explore balancing form, shape, and color. In this thesis statement, I am asserting my progression as an evolving artist and elucidating my investigation of painting as a unique medium with its own complexity of composition and arrangements of shape, form, and color. In the course of my Master of Fine Arts degree at Winthrop University, I investigated and examined a variety of artists and art movements, techniques and theories, like those of Hans Hofmann, Wassily Kandinsky, Sean Scully, Elizabeth Murray, Robert Motherwell, Joan Michel, Nicolas de Steal, and Henri Matisse, in order to develop my own creative process. This statement is a concise analysis of my journey as an artist as well as an explanation of my thesis body of work.


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