When I was younger, my family and I lived in a small rural town northwest of Yosemite. My earliest memories were of the expansiveness of the wilderness and by contrast ,the machines that moved, built, and manipulated the landscape. Howthe world is assembled and deconstructed are among many of my fascinations. Some years later our family moved to a more urban, yet sleepy surf town of Santa Cruz, California. This move exhibited yet another contrast in my life: rural to urban. With an internal desire to draw, design, and build things with whatever resources were at hand, I began to forge my creativity by way of painting and sculpture. I eventually obtained a Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from San Jose State University and MFA in Sculpture at the University of Washington, Seattle. I have been exhibiting and commissioned throughout the West Coast. I have been living and working in Seattle, Washington for the past eightyears.
I have exhibited throughout much of the West Coast in such venues as: Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, 4Culture Gallery, Seattle, Tacoma Art Museum, WA, Bumbershoot Arts Festival, Seattle, Crawl Space Gallery, Seattle, A New Leaf Gallery, Berkeley, CA, Herbert Sanders Gallery, SJSU, CA, Fine Arts Institute of the San Bernardino Museum, CA, Sculpture Without Walls, Moses Lake, WA, Gallery Without Walls, Lake Oswego, OR, Center of Contemporary Arts (COCA), Seattle, California Works Fine Arts Competition, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Ceramic Metal Arts Gallery, Seattle, the Downtown Park in Bellevue, WA and Jacob Lawrence Gallery, UW, etc.
I also have been the recipient of several grants and awards including the Individual Projects Grant, 4-Culture, Seattle, GAP grant, Artist Trust, Seattle, and the Gonzalez Scholarship, UW, Seattle. I have been awarded artist residencies at Sculpture Space, NY, Bemis Center in Omaha, NE and Anderson Ranch, CO., and recently have been awarded a public art commission from Percent Arts NYC.
The spatial relationships between, industry, architecture, nature, figure, and machine, have long been sources of my imagery. I tend to take on new materials and processes every few years, usually resulting in an exploration and methodology that tends to be obsessive and repetitive. Major themes in my work address issues ranging from the tension between humanity and the natural world and how we interact, perceive and participate in it. I strive to make art that serves as a catalyst of possibility for exploration, is inclusive and integral to the surrounding architecture, and challenges the traditional contexts of how and where art is experienced. I have experience in metal casting and fabrication, kinetic and electro-mechanical sculpture, working with wood, installation and just about every material and process that pertains to building.