I am an American artist originally from Los Angeles currently living in Kyoto. I have had exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles and Kyoto. My paintings are included in private collections around the world.
Though I studied fine art at the University of Southern California, most of my early painting was done with aerosol on the streets of LA. I abandoned graffiti completely in 1995 when I moved to New York and began working in a completely new mixed media style layering paper and paint on canvas and wood panels.
The city and the urban experience have long influenced my work. Urban decay in particular is an inspiration; the eroding and crumbling past of a city fascinates me. For me, the thick layers of collage and paint in my work are like the stratum of a city, its history, its culture.
More recently I have begun to look to nature for inspiration. It is really the overlap of the natural world with the manmade that moves me, witnessing the effects of time and the elements upon human creations.
My approach to art is similar to Japanese artist Sabro Hasegawa. He suggested that paintings are “controlled accidents”, and are formed as naturally as rocks or grass. Like Hasegawa I prefer to let the paintings paint themselves. I don’t like to manipulate anything. I try to employ the Zen concepts of mushin and munen, or “no-mind” and “no-thought” when I am working in the studio. I never know what I am painting until I am painting. I feel the most successful pieces happen by chance, without trying. They come without thought or planning. I embrace the accidents and mistakes of improvisation.