I am based in the San Diego area and work primarily in oil. I completed certification in Art and the Creative Process through UC San Diego’s Extended Studies program in 2018. Some of my work is informed by experiences and perspectives gained through a long career in geoscience, which is summarized on LinkedIn. I began painting in childhood as therapy for a speech defect.
My aspiration in painting is to evoke emotion and bring pleasure through the creation of rich visual works. My work to date has emphasized shape and color and draws inspiration from Nature and a contemplative perspective of the human experience. Often I will be grabbed by an image in the media or a scene quickly documented with my iPhone that contains the kernel of a new piece.
Behind every finished painting, of course, is a unique trajectory that only the artist sees. My typical path is something like this: excitement and optimism at the trailhead; a scramble through a boulder field of fear and self-doubt; an inflection point where the remaining path becomes clear; the final sprint of ticking off the punch list, working on the light logic, and bringing the canvas into a unified whole. Learning to think of myself an artist continues to be a journey to somewhere unknown. I encounter something surprising at every step.
- 2019: (with M. Lorenzen) Vista Public Library, Vista, CA
- 2019: Divergent Voices (with Daniel Streck) Civic Gallery, Vista, CA
- 2023: Gallerium.com, AQUA 2022 (online)
- 2022: Las Laguna Art Gallery, Textures, Shapes, Patterns or Forms (online)
- 2021: Ashton Gallery, Stretched Imagination, San Diego, CA
- 2020: Peninsula Art League Online Open Juried Art Show, Gig Harbor, WA
- 2019: San Diego County Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, Del Mar, CA
- 2019: Ashton Gallery, Inspired Beginnings, San Diego, CA
- 2018: Encinitas Botanical Garden, Botanica, Encinitas, CA
- 2018: Front Porch Gallery, Second Act, Carlsbad, CA
- 2017: Ashton Gallery, Everything New, San Diego, CA
- 2017: Front Porch Gallery, Transcending, Carlsbad, CA
- 2017: San Diego County Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, Del Mar, CA
- 2017: North Coast Repertory Theatre, Travels with my Aunt, Solana Beach, CA
- 2016: UCSD Retirement Center, La Jolla, CA
- Artist Alliance, Oceanside Museum of Art