Artist Statement

What does it mean? I hear this a lot. The truth is, I often don’t know until months after a piece is finished. Then suddenly, out of nowhere, the relevance of the symbolism to my life will hit me—the way suddenly a dream you had forever ago will make perfect sense. 

Like many other artists, I don’t feel entirely responsible for the worlds depicted in my art. Like Elizabeth Gilbert says in her book, Big Magic, “The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.” These are what I’ve found so far. I’m grateful I could find some worth sharing, and just as grateful for the many (many) that weren’t. 

So, I’ll leave the meaning up to you. Like any good tarot deck, horoscope, or dream interpretation, what matters is what you see.

Process

Most of my work is created using public domain images released from sources such as libraries and museums which I print using archival papers and ink. I apply them to cradled panel board that is often painted with acrylic paint using fluid matte medium. This is topped with some paint for shading and highlights and then a few coats of a UV protectant polyurethane. 

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 100 books, I have served as a board member and continue to donate my time to this worthy cause. 

Bibliography

June, 2017
Submerge Magazine, cover story

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

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
Guest Artist at Studio 10 at Arthouse on R, 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    
Guest Artist at Studio 10 at Arthouse on R, 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