Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Anita DeAngelis, Ralph D. Slatton

Committee Members

Peter H. Pawlowicz


This document is a supportive paper for the M.F.A. Graduate Exhibition "Marking Time" held at the B. Carroll Reece Museum, East Tennessee State University, in fulfillment of the Master of Fine Arts degree. Within this paper, I discuss the subjective nature of my drawings and claim my role as a figurative humanist. Through drawing, I explore the emotive qualities of my own form. Rather than depicting actual spaces, I place myself in psychological spaces that reflect specific moods. Chiaroscuro creates an altered reality where visual tension is implicated through the physicality of my movements.

This paper also briefly discusses the history of figurative expression, the figurative artists whose works embody this concept, and their influence on my work. An explanation of the individual drawings in the public exhibition is included in the paper. This document concludes with a personal reflection on my growth as an artist.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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