Many indigenous cultures believe that the world is populated with spiritual powers that take the shape of animals and plants. Nature is primed to tell us intriguing, unimaginable and useful secrets. I have always been intrigued by an idea that there is a human condition in nature, particularly revealing in the relationships that trees might have with one another. Whether it be nature’s own forces or the human forces that impact nature, they are often my source of inspiration and they open up opportunities for me to explore. Through my work and process, from beginning to end, I feel I have tapped into some of nature’s most inherent characteristics in developing my own visual language to engage with the viewer.
I began working full time as a painter in 2003, after a formidable career in advertising, graphic design and illustration. Making compelling, well-executed work is a reflection on how influential the commercial art experience has been on my fine art career. My conceptual approach, combined with a compelling color palette and painting process offers an unexpected look into nature’s mystery and intrigue. It is essential to the dramatic composition of every picture. Oftentimes the mere physicality of my work is seen as a statement about our impact on nature and the environments in which we live.
My work has been selected for The National Landscape Exhibition and several prestigious exhibitions at institutions including The Ucross Foundation, The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, The Harwood Museum and The Laguna Art Museum.
I currently live and work in Laguna Beach, California.