I grew up in the Mojave desert town of Barstow, California. Having a father who was a landscape oil painter I learned about art at a young age and was always passionate about it. I attended San Diego State University and then went on to a successful career in graphic design. After taking a 3 year break from graphic design to study art history in Europe, I decided to pursue my longtime love of fine art.
I seem to have found my unique artistic point of view by working with mixed media on canvas. I utilize collage to represent the underlying emotion in my work. Newspapers, magazines, old comics, advertisements and the like have all found their way into my paintings. I’m also extremely inspired by poetry so quite often I begin my work by printing poetry onto newsprint and using that for my collage. My female figures and flowers are painted in acrylic and work together with the collage to convey the overall emotional expression. The two parts to my process are always integrated. Even though I allow my approach to the collage to be loose, it is still crafted in such a way to tell the story of the images it is composed with. The collage and the figures become one. One media informing the other. The organic embracing the industrial. The emotional embracing the analytical.
I want my art to have soulful messages that stir emotions. To me, the viewer’s interpretation is the final element to all my pieces.
I’ve showcased my work at the Strychnin Gallery in Berlin, Germany, Gallery Azul in San Pedro, CA, Bradford Gallery in Newport Beach, CA, Woods of Oz Gallery in Santa Fe, NM, Gallery 104 in San Clemente, CA, 3RDSPACE Gallery in San Diego and many others.
I’ve now added blogging and teaching to my list of passions. It’s become a way for me to dig deep about what inspires me and how I can use my art to connect with others. I know that most people want to live a life filled with passion and I believe that by getting in tune with our inner voices and our authentic selves, our life’s passions reveal themselves to us. They help us to live a life filled with purpose and allow us to dream big for the future.
“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” ~Goethe