A painter and digital artist who has lived in San Francisco for many years, I received a B.A. in Painting and Sculpture from San Francisco State University and an M.F.A from U.C. Berkeley. Mentors and teachers from this time include David Simpson, Elmer Bischoff, Joan Brown, Peter Voulkas, and many others.
Primarily, the work investigates the place where the organic and the mechanical intersect. This comes from an interest in the underlying structure of matter, where the natural world breaks down into the intrinsic geometry that is at the core of everything. The result is an investigation into the dialogue between order and chaos and the ensuing ambiguity that develops as order descends into chaos.
Each piece begins with watercolor and/or acrylic paint, loosely applied to paper or board. Some pieces are completed fully with paint; others are scanned on a high-resolution scanner and imported into the computer for manipulation. During this manipulation, graphic elements are composited into the scanned paint to create a combination of natural and digital elements. In some instances, the original painting is put through the printer for a unique print. In most cases, the final output is an archival pigment print on heavy, rag paper in editions of 5 or fewer. Additional drawn elements or layers of paint are sometimes added to these prints.
Simultaneously, I worked for many years as a Motion Graphic artist, developing skills in Design, 3D Modeling, and Animation. Highlights included working on award-winning TV commercials, Broadcast TV show packages, and winning a Northern California Emmy for Art Direction. As a result, the current work is a culmination of a background in Fine Art and skills honed in the digital realm. There is satisfaction in finding a way to have these two threads coexist and work together.
Takada Gallery represented my work in the 90s and early 2000s with a solo show and several group shows. There was, in addition, a solo show at Southern Exposure Gallery, two-person and group exhibits at the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, the Berkeley Art Center, the Walnut Creek Civic Arts Gallery, A.R.E Gallery, "M.F.A. Exhibit" University Art Museum U.C. Berkeley, Shasta College Gallery, the SFMOMA Rental Gallery, Xerox Parc and Worth Ryder Gallery at U.C. Berkeley.
Most recently I was in the De Young Museum Open, a juried exhibition of local artists as well as a show in May at Pastine Projects in San Francisco.