Justin finds inspiration in the landscape, and he especially interested in the interaction between the built environment and its geography, trees and plants, and in the quality of light and color unique to each location. In his paintings, trees, buildings, telephone poles, plants and geography are all cast members interacting on a stage. The story they tell is the story of how we create our environment and how it shapes us. Justin thinks of each painting as building an image that captures something of an individual landscape’s growth and it’s unique environmental conditions. He works in a variety of media, including oil paint, gouache, acrylic, and wood, handmade paper, and sculpture.
Justin’s art has been exhibited at the Salt Lake Arts Center, Blue Star Contemporary Art, the U.S. Botanic Garden, Grounds for Sculpture among other galleries and museums nationally. Justin holds an MFA in Visual Art from Rutgers, and a BA in Studio Art from Dartmouth College and has studied various visual art traditions in his travels from Italy to Korea. He was born in New Hampshire and has recently settled in Northern Michigan with his young family.