The Heart Will Go On
This piece is 11" x 11" x 2". It's made from
screenprints on plexi mounted over copper. I
made two other versions of this idea, one of
them is a lightbox.
Up and Away
11" x 11" x 2". LED lightbox, spray paint, and
screenprints on multi-layered plexi. Both
versions of this design are LED lightboxes.
It's a picture about leaving something behind
after being hurt, and going forward with
This was the first design I worked on from
this series. It's 36" x 36" x 2". I made two
versions, both used acrylic and screenprints
on wood. This version has the addition of
The second piece I made in the series. It's
24" x 36" x 1". I really like this piece, to me it
has a calm, yet odd feel to it. It's a picture
about ending something, and looking to
the future with wisdom and hope.
Freaks of Nurture are everywhere. Most of us are freaks in some way, many of us altered by our choices
and past relationships. Out of these choices, fear, vanity, and a lack of respect can lead us to put up false
fronts. This series of pictures shows people affected by or using false fronts. These are the Freaks,
whether they are using fronts for protection, or using them to gain something. With internal and external
body parts, repeated symbols, mannequins, and a bit of humor, I want to show different layers of reality
that can exist between people.
The male figures in these pictures are generally more "transparent" than the females, however both are
shown with various layers and symbols used for disguising.
I show internal organs in some pictures to remind us that we are all the same on the inside, regardless of
how we treat each other or how we look on the outside. There are also multiple images and symbols that
repeat throughout the series. To me, these pictures have certain meanings, but there is room for
interpretation, and I hope viewers will create their own.
I will be putting up photos of new pieces as soon as they are complete, so check back often and see
what's new. I look forward to bringing these images to life!
As always, feel free to contact me if you have questions or comments.
The First Date
I made two of these pieces, this is a
detail of one of them. They are each 24"
x 36" x 3". They combine screenprints
and acrylic paint on hand cut
polycarbonate, plexi, and wood. See
the gallery page for the full view of both
pieces. I'm really happy with the colors
and layering of these pieces.
If you have questions, please contact
A Farce To be Reckoned With
I made four versions of this design and they
are all lightboxes. Each one is unique. I used
different colors for the screen prints, and
added hand-cut layers on two of them. I
explored with layering transparent colors on
the plexi so they change quite a bit when the
light is turned on or off. I'm proud of these
pieces because I learned some new
techniques that I can apply to future pieces.
To see the differences between the lights on
and off, please see the gallery page.
I'm happy to say one of these pieces will be
in the 2014 KVIE Art Auction which airs live
September 19, 20, 21.
Two (kinda) new Hedy pieces...
I recently found two unused screen prints from the Hedy 13 series. I sanded and buffed parts of the prints
and combined each piece with signs I had used for backing when I spray painted, drilled, and sanded
various other pieces. The end result was two new looks for an older image. They also ended up showing a
bit of history and process of my past work. Each piece is 18"x24" and is made up of two layers of
plexi/acrylic. I'm not ashamed to say I'm really happy the way these "accidents" in the studio came
Of Course I Love You...
This is the latest piece from my Freaks
of Nurture series (see below for the
idea behind it). I couldn't be happier with
the way this turned out. I'm using old
pieces of wood from my fence to make
the frames, along with hand cut
polycarbonate, and the usual
screenprinted plexi. I'm going to make a
few pieces from this basic idea, although
each piece will be unique. They are
22x22" and 4" deep. They each will have
an aluminum back and a hand stamped
plaque with the title, year, and my name.
One or two might become lightboxes.
I love the mix of new and old materials,
and I love the process of seeing these
pieces develop. I usually discover
something I want to try in the future, and
I'm finding this very rewarding.
This is another piece I made from combining elements
of two different pieces. I printed the tree on wood in
2-colors last year, and then set it aside and forgot about
it. I found the front piece when I was cleaning up my
studio. I cleaned them up, drilled a couple of new holes,
and put them together. I'm really happy with the result. I
love the way the colors work together and the overall flow
of the piece is very nice.
It seems it's a good idea to have extra prints sitting
around. It gives me options to create new compositions
and combine materials in a new way.
I wonder what else is hiding out there in the studio....?
Of Course I Love You...#5
This version of Of Course I Love You... is a lightbox. This one makes me very happy. The image
on the left shows the light off, and the image on the right shows the light turned on. The frame is
made from pieces of my fence, the wood is about 20 years old. I like the idea of a picture that can
look two different ways. I will be exploring this idea more in the future.
I have a few pieces completed that are not on the site yet, and I'm working on a few more ideas
that will be finished early next year. I'm feeling good about the direction I'm going, and I can't wait to
show the new work at the Archival Gallery in April 2015!.
*On November 8th, I hung these two pictures on telephone poles in Midtown Sacramento.
November 9th would have been Hedy Lamarr's 100th birthday, so I thought I'd give them
away. I'm sorry to say, one of the pictures ended up on the ground broken. I think
somebody tried to take it down and it fell. I'm not sure what happened to the other one.
Maybe it found a good home....
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
I want to thank everyone who supported my art last year and I
want to wish everyone a great 2015. Stay positive and keep
looking forward.......I believe the best is still to come.
I had my first group show in San Francisco this month at the
ARC Gallery. It was a great experience, and I hope to show
there again. You can see some of the work here.
A quote for the new year:
“The self is only that which it is in the process of becoming.”
A tip for the new year:
Support the arts and be creative as much as you can, it's good
New Work at Archival Gallery
I'm putting the finishing touches on the pieces I'll be
showing in April. It's been great seeing these things
come to life, I've discovered some new techiniques
and I love the direction the new pieces are going.
I have a good feeling about my art this year. I'm pretty
sure I always say that, but I think I've found a path that I
can stay on for a while without repeating myself.
Creatively, that is very important for me. I do not want
to make the same pictures over and over and not take
risks. I want to learn from my mistakes and keep my art
I will also be showing new work at Bob Androvich's
Gallery in June. I'm excited to be a part of his new
gallery and show with him. You can see his work here.
As always...stay creative and enjoy the art!
Second Saturday with Margarita Chaplinska
I'm very happy to be showing this month at Archival
Gallery with Margarita Chaplinska. She is an amazing
artist from Kiev,Ukraine, now working from Roseville,
CA. The exhibit mixes her vibrant, figurative paintings,
and my screen printed plexi pieces.
Thanks to D. and Mariellen at Archival for putting
together such a unique and exciting show. Please go
check it out if you have the chance.
You can see more of Margarita's artwork here.
I'm also continuing work on my new series of "city"
pictures. These pieces are made mostly from photos
I've taken around Sacramento and San Francisco.
Stay tuned for new work and upcoming shows, and
thanks to all the people supporting my art lately, I really
Happy Birthday Sean! Yay!!!
Another year older and..........................
I had my first show at the Bob Androvich Gallery in June,
and it was a great success. The show looked amazing. It
was interesting to see the artwork hung inside of a home
because it showed the work in different living
spaces....and that's a pretty cool way to view art.
Bob showed some of his new work, and I really enjoyed
it. He's making digital collages and printing them on
metal, the results are striking and beautiful!
My piece Standing There was selected to be in the
State Fair art exhibit this year, so look for it if you go!
My piece You Seem Really Cool will be in the KVIE Art
Auction, airing Sept. 18-20. Tune in and check out the
As far as new work, I'm on a tangent right now....I'm on a
break from the "city" pieces, and working on a series
that deals with the idea of "How I Feel". By that I mean
the mechanisms of how I experience feelings, or the
brain-body interaction that's involved to create feelings. I
like the results so far, the pieces are not planned and use
more of a collage approach. It's exciting to experience
that type of freedom in the studio.
Circles and More Circles...
I realized recently that I've been using a lot of circles in my artwork. I've always liked circles, and liked making
them, but they have never held any special meaning for me, I just liked they way they looked. That changed
during the making of these new pieces. I was using spray paint and popsicle sticks and it occurred to me that
even though I was painting versions of broken circles on straight pieces of wood, everything I was looking at
was made of tiny circular objects...atoms! Now when I see these circular shapes I imagine protons and
neutrons spinning wildly. Now I need more circles.... I'm looking forward to making more of these, I really like
how they are turning out. More photos soon, so check back.
I completed my How I Feel series and I'm very happy with all twenty pieces. It was a joy to work on them, I
discovered new techniques and ways of working, and used materials I had never used. You can see the
finished pieces in the Gallery.
I will be showing a new piece at the Archival Gallery in October as
part of a group show called The Artist's Arcana. Each artist was
asked to interpret a Tarot card from the Major Arcana. I was given
The Fool. This was fitting in many ways, but mostly because he is
usually shown with a beard, ragged clothes, and some kind of
small white dog. Mojo! He journeys through life's mysteries
carrying a bundle of posessions, which represents untapped
knowledge, and a white rose representing freedom from baser
desires. I'm not so sure about the freedom from baser desires,
but I have always thought of my life as a journey of learning and
sharing. The image to the left is a detail from my piece.
The opening reception will be held Saturday, October 10th, from
6-9pm. More info here Archival Gallery.
I haven't taken many photos yet, but I've been making a lot of these new pieces. Some are small, some are
really wide, some are vertical, and some have handmade, welded steel frames. The newest pieces are floor
standing sculptures, which might be ready for my show at the KVIE Gallery in January.
It's funny because when I stumbled on this idea I first thought it was silly, and it might be, but I have never
enjoyed making art more. There is something about these pieces that satisfies almost every one of my
artistic needs from randomness and chance, to controlled and planned. I think there is magic in some of
these, where organic/aged elements are mixed with industrial/modern elements, and colors and shapes
come together. They are different than anything I've ever made, and that is exciting. I will post photos in the
gallery after the new year.
I hope everyone has a great holiday and all the best in the coming year!
I have a new show at SHINE this month....it combines old stuff, new stuff, new old stuff, and some other
stuff. The "circle" pieces have taken on a life of their own, and they have evolved. Variations developed
every time I worked on them, and at some point, the word Induction came to mind. Induction has many
definitions, and a few of them can be applied to these pieces....but the one I like the most is the
process of cells morphing, depending on what cells are adjacent. These pieces are about the same
idea, each section is affected by or changed during the process of building or viewing. Building usually
leaves artifacts, and in this way every section of the piece, as well as the entire piece itself, is an
artifact. These pieces represent growth, change, and the artifacts left behind from that change. When
examined, artifacts can reveal unique information about how an object was made, or the person who
made it. I like that idea, because showing growth and process is important to me as an artist.
I will show all my newest Inductions and Artifacts in July at Archival Gallery. Stay tuned for more info and
finally some gallery photos of these new pieces.
Well...May has been an interesting month. The Induction pieces are still evolving...and they are keeping
me focused on the process of creating, which is my favorite part of all this. Lots of new pieces
completed, and more coming for my July show at Archival Gallery. My site gallery has new photos, and
there will be more soon. Some of these things are tricky to photograph, and best seen in person, so
come see them if you can.
My band Furschitzen played two of our best shows ever...one in Sacramento and one in Fairfax.
Keyboard, drums, and 100% improv. We don't have songs, we make everything up as we go. That is an
amazing freedom, and when it flows, it's magical. It's inspiring to do things in a live setting where we
can't go back and redo anything. I'm trying to bring some of that into my visual artwork. There is
something important to me about learning as I move forward creatively, not getting hung up on small
mistakes, and making sure the overall effect is more important than the details.
I went to Las Vegas for a wedding....two of my long time friends were married, and it was one of the
most beautiful experiences I've ever been a part of. They are very special to me and both are creative,
wonderful people. I wish them greatness.
After Vegas, I returned to thinking of my Induction pieces and creative artifacts. Creation = artifacts, and
tonight a TV show left me with a great one. It featured a writer/poet named Jim Harrison, who lived in
Montana and died shortly after this show was taped. The show ended with one of his poems on the
screen...I think it's beautiful.
The moon comes up.
The moon goes down.
This is to inform you
that I didn't die young.
Age swept past me
but I caught up.
Spring has begun here and each day
brings new birds up from Mexico.
Yesterday I got a call from the outside world
but I said no in thunder.
I was a dog on a short chain
and now there's no chain.
Thanks to everyone who came out to my opening at Archival. and a special thanks to D for the extra time it
took to hang those pieces....I think she did an amazing job! The show was a success in many ways, but now
I'm excited to be back at work. I've made some new assemblage pieces...some of them are made from parts
of older, unfinished, or broken pieces of mine, and some from found objects, driftwood, and recycled junk I
pick up at the river or along roads around town. The building process is very direct and unplanned, and I'm
working on a few pieces at a time. I'm trying to throw out most of my rule book and just let the work happen
in an improvisational way. So far, so good...
I recently went to the SF MOMA and I was incredibly moved by the Rauschenberg pieces. They seem to be
improvised and even messy, but each piece feels structured and cohesive...definitely ideas I want to work
I'm showing a few of my new assemblage pieces this month at Archival in a group show called "What I Did
On My Summer Vacation". There are new pieces in my gallery, many more in the works, and a few surprises
coming up...so stay tuned and I hope everyone has a great rest of the summer.
Daylight savings time is here...which means shorter days and wider pieces of art! Some of the new pieces are
five feet wide or more. I'm using numbers and letters on some, and no stencils on others. I'm really liking
them.....they seem to be evolving, and that's usually a good thing. I like that I struggle and learn with each
one. I'm also working on some mixed media assemblages and some small drift wood pieces.
I have a few pieces in a collaboration show with William Ishmael this month at Archival Gallery. He
collaborated with fifteen artists, and the results are really great. He's a bold artist who always strives to learn
and push his work.
I also have a piece in a group show at ARC Gallery in San Francisco this month. The juror Kim Larson, from
Modern Eden Gallery, picked my piece Third Person to be included. For more info check out ARC's website:
Check out my gallery for my latest work and stay tuned for new pieces...I will be updating my site again over
the next couple of months. Happy Thanksgiving! gobble, gobble...
Happy New Year!!!
I hope everyone had a great 2016. For me it was a
very successful year... I met new people and pushed
my art in new directions. I struggled as much as I
ever have with my work, and I learned some things
about myself and my art in the process. I'm hoping
for more of the same in 2017.
I want to thank everyone who came to my shows last
year and supported my growth as an artist. I'm
looking forward to experimenting with new ideas as
well as working on some old ones that are still
These new pieces make me feel calm. Even though
the process of making them is partly chaos and
chance, there are elements of control and planning
that come through in the finished work. The results
for me are pieces that seem to have a history and a
purpose...like modern totems.
I will be updating my gallery with new work later this
month so check back soon and see what's