Mill Valley, CA
Artist Statement I am mostly self taught and started painting in 2011. I am very interested in exploring different artistic styles and techniques and like to try to capture the semi-conscious state between dreams and reality. Contrary to many fine artists who dive into a certain style or subject matter for many years, I like to work with a variety of techniques, styles and subject matters. Most recently I started painting large 6 foot+ abstracts in a manner similar to Gerhard Richter. All of my paintings are done in oil and many are on permanent display at San Rafael Joe's restaurant. I also have one large piece (Twilight Communion) on display at Revelation on Miller Ave in Mill Valley.
I lived primarily in Point Arena, CA, Ft. Collins, CO, and Portland, OR before attending undergraduate and graduate school in New York. I graduated from the US Merchant Marine Academy and sailed on containerships after college before going back to grad school for a business degree. I then lived in Harlem from 1999-2006 developing real estate. I have lived in Mill Valley with my wife and son since 2008. I have always felt a deep appreciation and interest in wildlife and nature and liked to draw as a child. I played guitar for many years after college, but in my late thirties wanted a different creative outlet and turned to painting after being captivated by a Mark Rothko painting I saw at SFMOMA. Other artists I particularly admire are Peter Doig and Egon Schiele. I paint in my garage at night with the door open and have been visited by possums, skunks, raccoons, and even a curious fox.
I have had solo shows or been part of group shows at The Falkirk Cultural Center, Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley public library, Revelation Gallery, Marin County Fair. I currently sell through San Rafael Joe's restaurant and www.saatchiart.com.