ARTIST STATEMENT / BIO
"In recent years I've embarked on a new chapter in the development of my paintings. During a 5 year stint that ended in 2015, I resided in a semi-isolated mountain town adjacent to Sequoia National Park where I took time to focus on my understanding of art making as a whole—process, theory and technique. Thru this experience I allowed myself to delve into nurturing my own personal aesthetic which began my transformation into a full-time painter. What came from that Autodidactic process allowed me to develop an understanding of how to concisely speak in a visual language of self-expression by use of tone, texture and feeling conveyed within the mood of the paintings environment. My works are made up of abstracted elements that may be somewhat recognizable and are mostly a product of the natural environments I frequently spend time in."
Live and work in Los Angeles, CA
2017 Kallenbach Gallery, Amsterdam NL, "Van Gogh Ate My Dog" - duo show with Jaybo Monk (June)
New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles CA, "Momentary Bliss"
2015 FFDG Gallery, San Francisco CA, "The Modern Condition"
Galerie Die Kunstagentin, Cologne Germany “Ashes to Ashes”
2014 Library Street Collective, Detroit MI “Cushion of Memory”
2013 The Trace Gallery, Zürich Switzerland “Casa Grande”
FFDG Gallery, San Francisco CA, “Black White”
2012 Joshua Liner Gallery, New York NY, “Everything at Once”
FFDG Gallery, San Francisco CA, “Lost for Words”
2010 Joshua Liner Gallery, New York NY “New Works”
2008 ALICE Gallery, Brussels Belgium “•You Are Here”
2007 BLK/MRKT Gallery, Los Angeles CA “Sure, Why Not”
2006 ALICE Gallery, Brussels Belgium “Enviromentalistic II”
2005 Boon Gallery, Salem MA, “Enviromentalistic I”
2003 Basil Hayward Gallery at Powell's Books, Portland OR
BLK/MRKT Gallery, Los Angeles CA “80% Post-Consumer Grade"
2001 Magda Danysz Gallery, Paris France, “Message From The Soul"
1999 ARO.SPACE Gallery, Curated by Alex Calderwood, Seattle WA “New Works"
GUEST SPEAKINGS / PRESENTATIONS
2007 Semi-Permanent, Sydney Australia – Design conference lecture
2005 Montserrat College of Art, Beverly MA – Lecture and studio visit
Art Center, Pasadena CA – Lecture and studio visit
UCLA Design class, Los Angeles CA – Lecture and studio visit
2004 AIGA, Los Angeles CA – Lecture and studio visit
2003 Alte Chemie, Munich Germany – Lecture & artist workshop
2001 University of Florida, Gainesville FL – Ligature design conference
1994 Art Institute of Atlanta, Atlanta GA – Graduating class portfolio critique
The Dean Collection, New York NY
Takashi Murakami Collection, Tokyo Japan
Penny and Russell Fortune Collection, Indianapolis Indiana
Morgan Spurlock Collection, Los Angeles CA
Spiritmuseum, Absolut Vodka permanent collection, Stockholm Sweden
Victoria and Albert Museum, London England
Mark Ecko Collection, New York NY.
Autodidactic Studies, Three Rivers CA, 2010 - 2015
Art Institute of Atlanta, Associate of Arts Degree, 1991 - 1993
Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Associate of Arts, 1989 - 1990