After retiring from the United States Army, my family and I settled in Lansing, MI, where I graduated from Michigan State University with a BFA in studio art. I am currently pursuing my M.Ed in art education, with a focus on art therapy, at Wayne State University. My goal for this painting is to communicate my troubled nostalgia for a flawed youthful idea of love. Growing up in the middle of nowhere, Alaska, my entire concept of relationships was based on books, movies, and video games. I grew up thinking that men had to do something heroic to "earn" love from a woman who would then be some kind of personal emotional savior. This is about how unhealthy and unfair those expectations were to myself and others while also acknowledging that it still screws with my concept of reality a bit. I let chance and discovery guide the initial stages of my artistic process. I begin by choosing colors I want to see and images that pop out at me for one reason or another. I then obscure parts of the image, layer additional visual elements, and create conflicts with dissonant symbolism until the painting takes a more specific direction. At this point my decisions become much more deliberate and I make choices which support whatever narrative has begun to surface. Essentially, I allow my unconscious motivations to begin a painting and my conscious self to finish it once I figure out what my emotional baggage is trying to say to me.
Gregory's ArtPrize Entries
These are Gregory's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Gregory's Past Work
These are images of past work that Gregory has done.