I was raised in Westport, Oregon, a small mill town on the Columbia River. After a four year Army enlistment, I attended Oregon State University, where I received a BFA in Fine Arts, and a BA in Graphic Design. Being stationed in Germany, and the subsequent travel oppurtunities available gave me a yearning for exploration and interaction a rural setting could not provide. After Graduation I lived in Portland, until fate landed me in San Diego.
Upon relocation to San Diego, I worked as a freelance sculptor for various giftware companies from San Diego to LA. Under the tutelage of Willy Whitten, of Sculpture Design Studios, I honed my craft as a sculptor and artist in general, making everything from people to unicorns, magnets to door bell covers.
My goal is to create work that is visually appealing, and accessible on different levels. As a commercial sculptor I learned to create 3-D objects from flat art. This practice in turn lead to an interest in spatial arrangements on flat surfaces. Space is a moment, a cubic morsel of time. Now I carve lines and manipulate space on canvas, to tell a story, make a suggestion, plant a seed, hold a mirror. My visual style is derived from an interest in childrenís books; primers, comics, and stories; all the simple visual devices we use as a culture to educate and socialize ourselves. The images in their pages always left me feeling like I should be learning something, even if I didnít comprehend the words. Like those books, I want this work to hold the feeling the shadow of a story is there, whether or not my perspective is readily identifiable.