KIRKLAND BRAY
Growing up in Woodbury, a suburb of St. Paul, MN, I watched my city grow from 10,000 residents to nearly 50,000 in a relatively short period of time. This significant growth affected me in many ways, especially how I create and view art. My favorite wooded area became a Target store. Old Victorian homes were replaced by fast food and gas stations. Large amounts of country side were replaced by layers of asphalt, street lights and homes. This is the case with most newer suburbs across the United States...The charm for some reason, stopped. I don't want this to sound too negative; I had a great childhood, it's just how I see it now.

Living in Los Angeles for nearly ten years and now Jersey City since 2005 I have seen cities literally grow on top of cities. This staggering, often misguided growth is reflected in my art. I am trying to convey the struggle between city, suburb and country side. Their co-existence and how I portray it in my work is what challenges and excites me.

Over the last 2 years I have explored other mediums besides oil and canvas. I am now working with found objects and more mixed media while maintaining oil as the main foundation of my work. Working with these new mediums has allowed me to loosen up and find more abstract forms of expression.