Bio

I am a mixed-media artist and graphic designer based in Sacramento, California. I am a self-employed “designer for do-gooders”, providing services primarily to local non-profit organizations. A notable client, 916 Ink, is an organization devoted to empowering at-risk youth with the gift of self-expression through writing. In addition to designing their 50+ books, I have served as a board member and continue to donate my time to this worthy cause. I spend evenings and weekends (and as much slacking-off time as my professionalism will allow) making art.

I enjoy the act of cut and paste. I blend textural fields with representational elements from old magazines and books. I combine these with handmade papers, and beautifully-dyed origami paper, intensely saturated in rich colors. These are most often layered over acrylic paint on either canvas or wood. I finish with translucent layers of paint to enhance or knock back certain elements to achieve the depth I’m looking for. 

 

Artist Statement

I enjoy finding connections between seemingly disparate entities. I am particularly drawn to water and nature themes, but my work almost always contains a wide variety of elements co-existing in unlikely combinations. Sometimes the connection is metaphorical, sometimes it’s symbolic, sometimes it’s in color, texture, or form. At its best, it’s singing harmoniously on all levels. For me, this is easiest to achieve through the process of collage. 

When, I have an idea for a piece, I try to hold it loosely in my head. I let it fall to the back of my mind while I sift through a mass of images cut from magazines or books, and put them together in ways that feel right. It’s a little like orchestrating a dream; one that requires interpretation after the fact. And I often find I’ve created something that is more a reflection of what’s really going on in my subconscious, than any idea I had to start with. Sometimes, and more interesting for me, the meaning isn’t clear but I have the sense that if I keep trying, I’ll figure it out. 

I believe we’re all equipped with a similar internal, visual language. It’s my hope the viewer will find a personal meaning of their own... or delight in the knowledge that it’s there, if just out of reach.

 

Resume

Education
Kent State University, Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1990

Exhibitions
November 2016
MicroArt Group Exhibit | DaDas Art Gallery Boutique

September 2016 - November 2016
Masked | SMUD Gallery, Sacramento, CA

September 2016
MicroArt Group Exhibit | DaDas Art Gallery Boutique

July 2016
Group Exhibit | Red Door Art Studio

June 2016
Solo Show | Studio 10, Sacramento, CA

January 2016
Layers | SMUD Gallery, Sacramento, CA

January  2016
2016 Winter Show | Northwest Collage Society, Seattle, WA

December 2015
Wunderkammer | Group Show | Art Thou, Berkeley, CA

October 2015    
The Crow Show | Group Exhibit | Atelier 20, Sacramento, CA

October 2015    
Dia De Los Muertos | Group Exhibit | Studio 10, Sacramento, CA

August 2015    
Solo Show | Studio 10, Sacramento, CA

July 2015    
Collage | Group Exhibit | Arthouse on R, Sacramento, CA

April 2015  
 I Have Loved the Stars Too Fondly to Be Fearful of the Night |
Group Exhibit | Contemporary Dance Conservatory, Sacramento, CA

April 2015    
WEAVE Benefit Show | Group Exhibit | Studio 10, Sacramento, CA

October 2014    
The Crow Show | Group Exhibit | Atelier 20, Sacramento, CA

Donated Works
April 2015    Crow | 10” x 10” - Acrylic on canvas
Tom and Karen Sellers Fundraiser, Sacramento CA

September 2015    Explore | Collage covering reception desk
916 Ink Imaginarium, Sacramento CA

 

Bibliography

November 1, 2016
Tube Magazine (print edition)

September 3, 2016
Tube Magazine (online article)

November 2015
Kolaj #14, Exhibitions-in-Print

March 2013     
Sacramento Magazine: Made in Sacramento

December 2010    
2010 LogoLounge Trends Report