My paintings hold a balance of figuration and abstract qualities. While employing daily interactions and events for inspiration, I also work from photographs and films and other 'scrap' and snippets of colors I find in magazines or objects collected. Using a broad range of subjects, I'm usually exploring the general theme of my relation with my environment and the landscape/seascape from an above/below group of perspective. My paintings sometimes appear tangled and complex, and like life, offer interrupted views.
Early on I was influenced by the Fauvists (like Andre` Derain) for their vibrant use of color. The English painter, Peter Doig is my hero and my style is further impacted by Richard Prince, Jennifer Bartlett, Darshan Phillips, Julius Hatofsky and many of the Northern California abstract Expressionist painters, such as David Park, Nathan Olivera, Richard Diebenkorn, and WayneThiebaud.
I studied painting (and welding) at the San Francisco Art Institute (1989-92), stretching a two-year program into four, beginning study with the magnificent Joan Brown and closing with Julius Hatofsky. Private study includes tutalage from Fred Tomaselli, Eric Aho, Eileen Braziel, Joe Santori, Quang Ho, and Chester Arnold. I like to paint.