Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Mira S. Gerard

Committee Members

Travis H. Graves, Ralph D. Slatton


The artist discusses Float In Float Out, his Master of Fine Arts exhibition held at The Slocumb Gallery, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee from March 19, 2012, to March 23, 2012. The work consists of paintings on canvas, panel, and paper and employs a variety of media ranging from traditional materials to spray paint. The painting sizes vary from 20x24 inches up to 48x96 inches and all hang directly on the wall, framed and unframed. Topics discussed in this thesis paper include the influences of the artist's military experience and travelling abroad as well as the influences of alchemy, Freemasonry, and Surrealism. The work is inspired by the concept of a parallel dimension populated by unseen creatures that float in and out of our world. Included are images of the artist's earlier work as well as a completed catalogue of the Float In Float Out exhibition.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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Fine Arts Commons