Size: 42"W x 32"H x 1.25"D
Year Created: 2017
Ready to Hang
A majestic coast live oak is the jumping-off point of this diptych examining the psychic-archetypal relationships between earth and sky, masculine and feminine, substance and emptiness.
I was born of mixed ancestry and raised in California. Graduated from UCSC in 2005, with a Bachelor of Art degree. In addition to being a very active practicing fine artist, exhibiting extensively in the SF Bay Area emerging arts scene and several national juried exhibitions, for the last ten years I've also been a journeyman carpenter, a waiter, a cook, a tutor, a dj, an event producer, a curator, and manager/owner of a hybrid mobile gallery and event design/production company. I've traveled and loved and broke and broke again, and somehow manage to keep making art, because for me, art is an existential imperative: I create, therefore I am. It is my spiritual practice, my personal experimentation process with the elements of reality that fall within that small but wondrous pool of consciousness that I have the brief opportunity of calling my life. I paint, draw, design, take photographs, write, build, curate, exhibit, study and generally try to stay involved with the creative process on a daily basis. I feel I'm part of a new movement, as yet to be defined, that is combining a renewed interest in the aesthetics of the classical Western canon with authentic personal expressionisms dealing with multi-cultural and post-colonial concerns, and adding a healthy dose of the irreverence and mysticism of the West Coast counter -culture. I put everything I've got into my into hybrid picture objects, which are often experimental multiple and mixed media, but the process centers around painting and drawing, as a way of exploring different ways of approaching the concept of "the image", and, thus, "the real". It's my hope that my work resonate with people on an emotional, archetypal level, as well as serving as intellectual social document of our cultural/historical moment and historically (or post) situated experiences. I hurt my back terribly in 2012 and have been using the recuperation period to study architectural design, classical mythology, graphic design, CAD, residential wiring, building codes and bonsai cultivation. I've also been able to plug away at what I feel is my best and most powerful body of work to date.