• Artist Statement

    My work consists of two roles: “painter” and “caricature artist”. Drawing caricatures forms my foundation as an artist, having compiled well over 10,000 hours of drawing faces since 2000. I approach these drawings with an illustrative, outcome-based approach that visualizes the end in mind and renders toward that end.

    The painting aspect of my work departs from this outcome-based approach. With painting I dive into a subject experimentally, quickly developing problems and then trying to resolve them through the editing process. My most recent series highlights this process by reimagining the rapid development of Nashville as work of art. I find myself pondering: "Can the color and energy of growth be a beautiful thing, or do I just anxiously await the removal of all the scaffolding?"

  • CV

    EXHIBITIONS
    2018
    Building Blocks, The Harding Arts Show, Nashville, TN, group
    Envision Nolensville Pike, Abrasive Media, Nashville, TN, group
    The Art of Construction Series II, The Arts Company, Nashville, TN, solo
    2017
    Of Things to Come, The Arts Company, Nashville, TN, group
    100 Caricatures of Cervantes, Quevedo Institute of Humor, Madrid, Spain, group
    2016
    The Art of Construction, The Village Chapel Gallery, Nashville, TN, solo
    I Want to See What You See, Pellissippi State Community College Library Gallery,
    Knoxville, TN, solo
    2015
    MAP, Emporium Center, Knoxville, TN, group
    17th Street Studios, Emporium Center, Knoxville, TN, group
    New Group Exhibition, Emporium Center, Knoxville, TN, group
    2014
    Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Bagwell Gallery, PSTCC, Knoxville, TN, group
    2013
    Icons, The Square Room, Knoxville, TN, group
    2012
    Windows to the West, Remedy Coffee, Knoxville, TN, solo
    2010
    Syn/Kronos, Oodles Café and Café 4 Mezzanine, Knoxville, TN, solo
    Easter Stories and Songs, (traveling exhibit), solo

    PRESS
    2017
    Web Article - January 9, 2017: God in the Process, Foundlinghouse.com
    2015
    Web Contributor - The Art Career Project: How to Become a Caricaturist
    Web Interview - May 7, 2015: ISCAST Caricature Podcast with Nolan Harris
    Web Interview - February 25, 2015: It's Supposed to Be Funny with Ali Thome
    News Article - January 14, 2015: The Power of Seven by Carol Shane, Shopper News,
    Knoxville, TN.
    2014
    Television Broadcast - February 24, 2014: The Tennessee Traveler: Caricature
    Artist by Alan Williams
    News Article - January 18, 2014: The Art of Sobota by Jessica Brown Knoxville News
    Sentinel, Knoxville, TN.

    AWARDS
    2018
    Nashville MetroArts "40 for 40" Purchase Award:
    Selected Artist
    2017
    Nashville Arts and Business Council Periscope Program:
    Pitch Perfect Award
    Envision Nolensville Pike Creative Placemaking Grant
    2014
    International Society for Caricature Artists Convention, Reno, NV:
    1st place, Black and White Technique
    3rd Place, Caricature of the Year
    7th Place, Caricaturist of the Year

    TEACHING
    2010-2015 Master Class, Community School of the Arts, Knoxville, TN
    2007-2015 Guest Presenter, Knoxville Christian Academy, Knoxville, TN and
    Thursday Connection Co-Op, Knoxville, TN

    PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
    2016-present Nashville Creative Group and The Nashville Arts and Business Council
    2011-present The International Society for Caricature Artists
    2013-2015 The Arts and Cultural Alliance, Knoxville, TN
    2014-2015 The 17th Street Studios Artist Collective, Knoxville, TN

    EDUCATION
    2013-2014 Drawing and Painting Independent Study: Pellissippi State Community College,
    Knoxville, TN
    2014 Sean Cheetham Workshop: LA Academy of Figurative Art, Los Angeles, CA
    2011 Nathan Fowkes Workshop: LA Academy of Figurative Art, Los Angeles, CA