I've been interested in art ever since I was a child growing up in Southern California. Though I can't remember a time when I didn't have a pencil in my hand, when I graduated from high school I became interested in watercolor. I loved making art using watercolor, and did so as a periodic hobby until 1995 when I expanded my interest into acrylics. Painting in acrylics was a game-changer for me, and to this day, I still spend much of my time in the studio investigating this dynamic medium.
Along the way, I attended art school in New Mexico. When I decided to transfer to Vermont's Goddard College to explore a broader liberal arts education, I was able to incorporate art into my curriculum. Though I did not attain a degree, the education I received during my years in college provided me with something I consider perhaps even more valuable: self-knowledge. And what did I learn about myself, you might ask? I learned that with the time I have left in this body, I want to spend it making art.
My art has been shown in a plethora of venues in California, New Mexico, and Virginia. Every time I sell a piece, I feel humbled, honored, and blessed knowing that the passion I put into every mark shows through. My greatest hope as an artist is that others have an opportunity to enjoy what I have so much enjoyed creating.
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This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet. — Rumi
As I continue to pursue the truth of my unique being as an artist, a father, a husband, a man, Rumi’s poem symbolizes for me the semi-opaque layers of a life that transmutes from one that was once fiercely protected into one that year after year, layer after layer, allows fear of the unknown to fall away. Opening my heart, my mind, to embrace all that confronts my senses may provide roadblocks or opportunities. When I allow for the possibilities to appear bright and beautiful, I become inspired to reach beyond and explore the unknown.
Because every painting or drawing brings with it a unique requirement, I spend time at the outset of a new project just listening. Practicing patience at this beginning stage is necessary for me to "hear" what is being asked of me. Some have said that I would be "more successful" if I stuck to one thing. That's not me, even if at times in my career I did try. Over the years I've experimented with, and mastered, a variety of medium and materials. In particular, I love the possibilities of transparent paint mixed with flowing water. At the same time, I am becoming more and more attracted to the richness and beauty of pure opaque color. The fun part is when these two styles converge and happy accidents emerge.
The highlight of my seventeen year career as an "official" artist has actually been the ability to be present with my daughter throughout her growing up years. When my wife and became parents through international adoption, we made a commitment to place family over career as our priority. Though I have shown my artwork in a variety of venues in California, New Mexico, and Virginia, it is knowing that my daughter has witnessed me doing what I love to do (inside my home studio) every day of her life which brings me the most satisfaction. My artwork has been shown in Arcata, Laguna Beach, San Francisco, Encinitas, and Solana Beach, California, as well as galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Northern Virginia.
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