I was born and raised in Wyoming, living there until I graduated
from the University. I'm grateful for my time in Wyoming and I
thank my parents for instilling in me a love and respect for nature
at a young age. It influences me, even today, in a majority of
work that I produce.
I capture moments in time; images or scenes that might otherwise
be overlooked or taken for granted. Sometimes this requires an
exact representation, other times, I like to let my abstract nature
come through and I twist reality a bit, just to make people think.
It is my desire to give the viewer a new way of seeing the beauty
around them, even in the mundane, because sometimes the most amazing
images are right in front of us. We've just forgotten to look;
Besides my strong tie to nature, I've been heavily influenced
by the Italian Renaissance artists and the masters of the Impressionistic
period, with Leonardo DaVinci and Vincent Van Gogh amoung my favorites.
I do enjoy a good Escher, DuChamp, and Dali as well. I love the
play of light against dark (an Italian term refered to as, Chiaroscuro)
and soft, gradual nuancing. These characteristics are apparent
in most of my fine art as I strive for mastery of my craft.
After graduating from college, I found myself in a strange, new
world called city life. I lived in an affluent, suburban Detroit
community, worked in a gallery, and did free-lance artwork. During
that time I learned a lot of valuable skills, not the least of
which was custom matting and framing. I came to realize and appreciate
the absolute value of a wonderfully framed piece of art. Framing
can become an artistic extention of a piece or it can ruin it
- choose wisely.
I left Michigan after 7 years, lived in Utah for a short while,
then found myself in the great desert-southwest state of Arizona.
Believe me, it's more than just a dry heat. I have been an entepreneur
here for over 17 years and I enjoy many avenues of artistic expression:
drawing, painting, photography, custom framing, and great imagery
like Skeleton Boy! I also love 3-dimensional art like my beautifully
decorated, recycled bottles.
a musician, enjoying the position of bassist and vocalist in the
original, neo-classic rock band, Element 115, and I study, teach,
and lecture in the field of philosophy, with emphasis in metaphysics,
spirituality, and all things related.
Enjoy your time here. Peace
to you on your journeys...