I’m fascinated with human beings, and the quirky, intimate, and complex ways in which we relate to one another and our environs.
The intimate settings and enigmatic social contexts in much of my work leave everything open to interpretation.
I invite you to make up stories about the narratives, figures, and spaces that you see.
I grew up in the alpine outskirts of Susanville, California where my family lived in a small house with no electricity or running water. We had an outhouse and took baths in a large metal tub filled with hot water that my mother boiled on the wood stove. Every day, my sister and I walked five miles to and from the rural schoolhouse where first through fifth grades were all taught in the same room by the same teacher.
This may sound harsh by some standards, but the truth is that I loved my childhood there. I loved the freedom I had to play outdoors, fish, hunt, hike, and discover endless secret and magical places in the pine forest.
Eventually, my family moved into town and my identity as an artist began to take shape. I practiced drawing with my first real friend, Robert, who was great at drawing monsters. At that time, National Geographic Magazine was my bible. I copied what I saw and considered realism and photographic detail to be indicators of quality art.
It wasn’t until years later that I began to incorporate realistic drawings into abstracted visual planes that reflect the nuances and fleeting moments of human interaction. This was a huge conceptual shift as well as a logical one. Human relationships fascinate me. I’m an observer of both real and voyeuristic experiences. My artistic vision is to capture raw social and emotional human exchanges and the mundane or bizarre settings in which they occur and allow the viewer to infuse it with meaning.
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