Born in San Francisco, went to college in Los Angeles and earned a BFA at Art Center and MFA at Otis Art Institute, got married and lived there for 15 years. Made a living as a graphic designer for 41 years, mostly in the Bay Area. My 11 years in a West Oakland artist live-work space included our participation in Occupy Oakland, a formative experience i will never forget. The spirit of creating a collective egalitarian world full of joy and color is the wind at my back of making art.
I couldn’t find a college teaching job in the post Prop 13 climate of Cali, but have always been making visual art outside my day job. From 2000 - 2014, I went solely to political art, posters and graphic interventions, as I could not see the sense of beauty without a conscientiously working toward creating a just sustainable, egalitarian world for all.
My post grad exhibition works were majorly installation art relating to the physical street as an art object of real abstraction, and a playfield of social activity and interconnectedness. I use multi & mixed media, 2D & 3D. Collage, photography, painting, drawing, found objects, refuse & reusable materials. Whatever media and materials seem appropriate. I've been shooting urban landscape photography since the early '70s.
I love installation art where the viewing space, art of many different types, and media come together in subject and form to work together to create a whole that is greater than the sum of the parts.
I like to make the gritty, the funky, the beautiful.
I like to work with the concepts of: “depiction”, “reality”, “abstraction”, image vs. word, preconceived notions, context, and expectations.
I like color, composition, painterliness and physical
object vs. pictorial space.
I like the visceral, the inquisitive, the mysterious.
And I love making art!