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The big reveal. Once the background is painted I mount the image, let in dry, then begin the delicate process of removing the paper to reveal the image. I've done this a thousand times and I still get excited to see the finished piece.

Art with a Sense of Adventure

If you are like me you love to explore. You allow yourself to get lost in hopes of finding offbeat neighborhoods with the best falafel in town. You love museums but you know that sometimes the most relevant art is found in an alley behind the museum parking lot.

Seeing a place with fresh eyes is such a thrill and it's that excitement that I try to capture in my work. Sometimes inspiration comes from the overall vibe of a bustling city street and often it's a distressed building wall that reveals a glimpse of its history with chipped plaster and peeling paint and a patina of rust that shows its raw character.

To enhance that character I embrace flaws, even emphasize them, with techniques that make sporadic imperfections an integral part of the final piece. It all works best when I create intuitively, so the process of layering materials like acrylic paint and paper and other found materials add details that feel emotional and authentic.

Bio

Growing up in rural Connecticut, art became a way for me to connect to the urban world that I admired and fantasized about as a kid. In cities I always felt like an outsider, a countrified imposter pretending to be street smart and sophisticated. Now I am grateful to harness that stranger-in-a-foreign-land feeling into a unique artistic perspective.

Painting is my first love and over the years I also studied graphic design and photojournalism, both of which have significantly influenced my art. Inspired by abstract artists like Robert Rauschenberg and Helen Frankenthaler, I use mixed media to create paintings with a sense of spontaneity and raw energy. Layering materials like acrylic paint and paper, I use color and texture to emulate distinctive traits, like rust and decay, to help tell our unique stories.

Currently based in the Palm Springs area, you'll find me cruising the streets on a sporty blue bike. I have been a featured artist in CB2 stores and I show in various venues throughout California, including SFMOMA Artist Gallery at Fort Mason.