About the Artist
Born in San Francisco. BFA, Art Center College of Design Los Angeles. MFA at Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles. Married and lived in Los Angeles 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 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 was exhibiting fairly regularly for 3 years after Otis but the original plan was to teach college classes and exhibit. A post Prop 13 California/Reagan recession world had different plans for me as budget cutting fever made finding a teaching job impossible. So I rolled my freelance graphics business into full time work as graphic designer.
I never stopped making visual art projects in my free time. From 2000 - 2014, I spent nearly every free moment making political art, posters and graphic interventions in opposition to what I saw as a political destruction of modern society and a regression to 1% oligarchy. I could see no sense of making beauty without consciously working towards 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 playground 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 for a particular project. I've been shooting urban landscape photographs, and in particular my street/road compositions, 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. A faceted approach of seeing a subject, object and environment. I try to incorporate this same approach when making individual objects and exhibiting multiple artworks together.
I like to make the gritty, the funky, the beautiful. I work with the subjects of: “depiction”, “reality”, “abstraction”, image vs. word, preconceived notions, context, and expectations. I love color, composition, painterliness and the tension between physical object vs. pictorial space. I like the visceral, the inquisitive, the mysterious. I love making art of all kinds!