ARTIST STATEMENT: PAINTING THAT DEFINES PLACE
As a child I celebrated coloring outside the lines. Those loose imperfect marks define my gestural painting style to this day. If painting were religion I would be praying to the saints: Matisse, Diebenkorn and Hockney. With a focus on abstract landscapes and architectural interiors, my art is influenced by the vibrant colors of my Northern California surroundings. Many of my landscapes use what I call an “invented color space” where color is used to break up the composition and achieve a sense of depth and atmosphere that can be open to the interpretation of the viewer.
Born into a family of artists, designers, and architects, my paintings fuse the structural sensibilities of my architect father and the often riotous color sense of my interior designer mother. I studied painting at Trinity College with colorist George Chapman who was a student of Joseph Albers and learned the art of defining space with color and value. After 30 years of success in the graphic design field, I decided to get a real job and become a painter.
My work is represented by Studio E Partners in Washington D.C. and has been exhibited at The Room Gallery In Mill Valley as well as the The Fairfax Hotel on Embassy Row in Washington D.C.. My illustrations have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and Marin Magazine.
USING NEW TOOLS FOR CREATIVE EXPRESSION
For my digital paintings, my process often begins with cruddy photos taken on an iPhone that I import into a digital drawing program (Artrage Deluxe) where I push the limits of cutting-edge creative software. By using a pressure-sensitive stylus and a Wacom tablet, I can get very realistic brush work. Ultimately, I combine the digital with the traditional and complete the work output to paper, wood or canvas.
WORKING IN WITH OIL, ACRYLIC AND MIXED MEDIA
For my oil & acrylic/mixed media work, I often use a digital painting that I’ve made and used it as a starting point for a larger piece painted on canvas or wood. “I believe the results are more important than the tools used to create them. I take enormous inspiration from artists like David Hockney who move fluidly from one medium to another, and embrace digital tools to create the effects he wants.”
2019 - “Urban Cowboy” - Gallery 111, Sausalito, CA
2018 - Room Gallery - Mill Valley, CA Currently showing works.
2018 - "Abstract Landscapes" - Branded, Mill Valley, CA
2017 - "Perspectives" - Bay Model, Sausalito, CA
2017 -"Mixed Media Landscapes" - 2nd Friday Art Walk, Riley Street, San Rafael, CA
2016 - Solo Show - The Fairfax at Embassy Row, Washington D.C.
2015 - "Colorscapes" - Tiburon Town Hall, Tiburon, CA
2019 - Art Santa Fe (with Jen Tough Gallery) - Santa Fe, NM
2018 - “Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe 2018-2019 Winter Collection” Group Show Curated by Slate Art, Oakland
2018 - “SF VIEWS” - Group Show Curated by Slate Art, Oakland
2018 - Art San Diego 2018 - with Jen Tough Gallery Artist Collective
2018 - Marin Open Studios - ICB Building
2018 - "Marin Masters" - Juried Exhibition of Marin artists
2018 - "Landscapes" - Ruby Living group show, Mill Valley, CA
2017 - Marin Open Studios - ICB Building
2017 - Gallery 111, - "White", Sausalito, CA
2017 - Studio E Private Opening - Washington DC
2015 - Studio E Group Show - Bethesda, MD
2019 - “Pixels to Paint” Juried Exhibition, O’Hanlan Center For the Arts, Mill Valley
2018 - “Luminous” National Juried Exhibition - at Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Juror Danielle Fox, Slate Art
2017 - "Golden Gate" - Marin Society of Artists National juried show with Juror Susan Snyder of Snyder Caldwell Gallery
2017 - Marin County Fair Fine Art Exhibition - Blue Ribbon winner for "De Young"
AWARDS / PUBLICATIONS
Marin Magazine Cover Contest cover finalist 2012 + 2017