Bio

Born: Seattle, Washington 1963

Moved twelve times throughout childhood

Settled on the extreme Northern California coast, 1982

Attended Humboldt State University

Bachelor of Arts:  major; Speech Communication:  minor; Art, 1986

Bachelor of Arts:  major; Art; emphasis, Painting, 1989

Moved to Canterbury, England to obtain a Master’s degree, 2006

Proposed and married his enchantress, Caterina, 2006-7

Wrote dissertation in San Lucido, Calabria, Italy, 2007-8

Bestowed:  Master’s of Fine Art: Painting.  Canterbury Christ Church University, 2008

Painted and resident caretaker for Audubon New Mexico, Santa Fe, 2008-11

Returned to Humboldt area of California; maintains a studio in historic hotel, Old Town, Eureka.

Statement

“Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask ‘how’, while others of a more curious nature will ask ‘why’. Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.”
 — Man Ray

“There are no facts, only interpretations.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

It seems to me that discovering one’s way through life is a constant dialogue of questioning and re-evaluating the results against reason and apparent fact.

Several months ago I heard a talk based upon the Tao Teh Ching, which intrigued me to look more closely into this 2,500 year old manuscript.  It was something that always seemed to be in my vocabulary, but I had not ever looked at an actual translation.

Since then I have started a practice where I read a verse most mornings.  I then try to assimilate it’s meaning into a few lines and post my interpretation on Facebook, along with a visual image, often a painting I am working on.  This practice, in turn, seems to have imbued my recent work, and the way that I see it, with a Taoist essence—something that may or may not have always been there.

I call this new interpretation my middle way, a realization into humility, stillness, and being in this very here-and-now place.  In the lucid moments when I am not projecting my thoughts and ego elsewhere, I find a very reassuring serenity in just allowing myself to be in the flow of life swirling around and through me.

I am humble enough to believe that I am not any more insightful, creative, or talented than the next person.  Like everyone, I’m just trying to find my way in the world, and to discover a little meaning along the way.  Part of my practice towards understanding entails keeping a sketchbook and painting every day.

Commissions, custom sizes and tailored color schemes available.

Curriculum Vitae

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Piante Gallery:  Solo show:  July 5 – August 2, 2012 Eureka, California, USA

Ink People’s Gallery:  “The Tarot As Muse” Invitational Show:  July 1 – August 2, 2012 Eureka, California, USA

The Living Room Gallery:  May 1, 2012 – present, Eureka, California, USA

Humboldt Arts Project:  May 8 – July 12, 2012, Jambalaya, Arcata, California, USA

Humboldt Arts Festival:  May 11-13, 2011, Arcata, California, USA

The Wine Spot:  March 2 – April 5, 2012, Eureka, California, USA

Robert Goodman Winery, Solo show: June 27 – August 26, 2011, Arcata, California, USA

Red, White, and Blue, Juried show: June 20 – August 16, 2011 Humblodt Arts Project, Arcata, California, USA

Humboldt Arts Project:  May 9 – June 16, 2011, Ironside Gallery, Arcata, California, USA

Humboldt Arts Festival:  May 13-15, 2011, Arcata, California, USA

Linda Durham Contemporary Arts:  November 2010 – March 2011, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Seven Thousand Feet Above Sea Level, Solo show, October 2010, Real Food Nation, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Slant:  Art of a Different Inclination, Juried competition, July 2010, GF Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Randall Davey Audubon Center and Sanctuary:  October 2009 – February 2011, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Infinite Web, Solo show:  February 16 – April 30, 2009 Downtown Subscription, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Gallerie Corazon: December 2008 – March 2009 Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Reflections, Solo show: February 4 – April 28, 2008 Sunset Restaurant, Trinidad, California, USA

Opera Of The Inferno. Solo show: 3 September- 1 October 2007 Good Food Café, Canterbury, Kent, England, United Kingdom

2007 MA Degree Show.  25 August- 8 September 2007 Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury Christ Church University Canterbury, Kent, England, United Kingdom

Of The Copse.  Installation/construction: 21 March 2007 Bigbury Hill, Upper Harbledown, Kent, England, United Kingdom

Hovel And Line.  Installation/construction: 9 March 2007 Fordwich, Kent, England, United Kingdom

2007 Postgraduate Art Competition, Juried competition, 12 February- 31 March 2007 Atkinson Gallery, Millfield, Street, Somerset, England, United Kingdom

Rings And Cairns. Installation/construction: 9 February 2007 The King’s Wood Sculpture Park, Challock, Ashford, Kent, England, United Kingdom

Charon’s Craft. Installation/construction: 3 February 2007 Great Stour River, Canterbury, Kent, England, United Kingdom

In The Stillness, Solo show: 5 February – 5 March 2007 Good Food Café, Canterbury, Kent, England, United Kingdom

Overstanding Desire, Solo show: December 5, 2006 – June 4, 2007 Baypointe Mortgage, Eureka, California, USA

Grapevine Gallery group showings: November 2006 – May 2007 Canterbury, Kent, England, United Kingdom

False Cairns And Tide.  Installation/construction: 12 September 2006 Machrie, Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

Looking Back, Solo show: June 4 – October 30, 2006 Sunset Restaurant, Trinidad, California, USA

Something Between You and Me, Solo show: April 4 – May 30, 2006 Baypointe Mortgage, McKinleyville, California, USA

Furthest Most Reaches, Solo show: March 1 – March 25, 2006 Accident Gallery, Eureka, California, USA

Arches Gallery, Various group shows: July 2004 – January 2006 Arches Gallery, Healdsburg, California, USA

Illuminated Awakenings, Solo show: October 1 – November 30, 2005 Cochrane & Associates, Eureka, California, USA

Breathgiven, Solo show: August 7 – September 29, 2004 Piante Gallery, Eureka, California, USA

Rocks, Group show: June 29 – August 28, 2004 Humboldt County Library, Eureka, California, USA

The Dog Show, Group show: February 7 – March 31, 2004 Piante Gallery, Eureka, California, USA

Giorgi Gallery, Various group: October 2003 – May, 2005 Giorgi Gallery, Berkley, California, USA

Fragments of Love, Solo show: February 1 – April 3, 2003 Piante Gallery, Eureka, California, USA

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