I like to create work that has an over all feeling of a reality or view of a make believe world that is influenced by architecture, science, and industrialization. I am interested in how humanity changes nature to create societies, tools, habitats and the consequences of our actions in doing so. I am also influenced by our hopes and dreams of how we might create our future reality through the continued manipulation of nature.
Over all image of work usually represents man made environment with a touch of nature. Elements or forms in artwork are placed in such a way as to create flow/ eye movement, energy/ relationship between marks, lines, photos, objects.
To create this art, I take graphic images, printed words, or other elements that find there way into my life: piece of ticket stub, receipts, tags from clothes, wrappings, internal workings of machines or trash found in the street for inspiration and then combine those found ideas with photos and symbols on paper to form a collage, mixed medium style. Media used in creation, range from but not limited to: stains, graphite pencil, acrylic paint, charcoal, ink, chalk.
B.A, Art, with emphasis in Studio Arts, California State University, Long Beach.2001
A.A, Art, with emphasis in Painting and Drawing, Grossmont College, San Diego.1999
A.A, General Studies/Liberal Arts, Grossmont College, San Diego.1997
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"Southern California Regional Juried Award Exhibition" SDAI Museum of the Living Artist Balboa Park, San Diego, CA, April 10 to May 23, 2010 (Group Art Show) Juror: Andi Campognone- is an independent curator and art writer and serves on the advisory boards of art Ltd. magazine and the Los Angeles art association.
"Open Call LA 2009" Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park 4800 Hollywood Blvd LA, CA 90027. August 13 - September 27, 2009 (group show)
"Earth, Air, Fire"Long Beach Arts Gallery 4332 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807 Jan. 17 - Feb. 20 2009 ( Juried Show- juror: Margaret Lazzari, Professor of studio arts at school of fine arts USCLA, author of Practical Handbook for the Emerging Artist, curator, art critic.)
"Buy the Running Foot"Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. 117 N. Sycamore, Santa Ana CA 92701 Dec. 6- 19, 2008 (Group Art Show)
"TarFest"Presented by Miracle Mile Players & Los Angeles Art Association. Show Location: Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA, October 3-13 2008 (Juried Show- juror: Howard N. Fox, Curator of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art)
"I-5 Gallery Show"I-5 Gallery at the Brewery Art Complex Los Angeles, CA, 2008 (Juried Show)
"Open Show"Gallery825 Los Angeles, CA, 2007 (Juried Show- juror: Howard N. Fox, Curator of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art)