I grew up in an art community on the Monterey Peninsula in the 1950's.Our neighbors in the rural community called Del Monte Park were painter's, sculptors, writers and intellectuals who built their own homes and created mid-century abstract art. (see "From The Ground Up" exhibit above.) I originally worked in fabricated bronze sculpture in High School and have continued in both painting and sculpture for 34 years since. Focusing on mixed media painting for the last 13 years with the flexibility of materials has enabled the development of media intensive surfaces and dimensional compositions through the use of industrial materials and contemporary compositions.
What influenced my textural approach to both sculpture and painting were two factors.The first brought me into bronze and steel fabricated sculpture when living alone in the Big Sur mountains in my late teens. A neighbor artist down the mountain had created a life size welded steel sculpture of a charging boar out of scrap steel which in an abstract sense resinated with my fathers work as a ceramicist whose textures and minimalist color tones I had grown up with. Fabricated metal sculpture became a passion and has been an evolving media ever since then.
My painting and mixed media interests are generated primarily from German neo-expressionist painter Anselm Kiefer. Kiefer's large scale mixed media paintings and sculpture influenced me to work in a variety of industrial materials without regard to their original intended use to develop two diminsional organic abstract compositions. When I began painting, having little money for art materials, I gathered left over paints and construction plaster's from the local landfill enabling the experimentation and creation of large paintings based in collage and contemporary forms. After a couple of years the public discovered this resource and created a shortage of re-cycled paint which forced me to obtain the materials I now use from Home Depot and hardware store's.
In some ways the genesis of my art interests and directions come from jazz. Miles Davis, for one example, is a person whose work and life events point the way for me to always seek truth in what your art is saying for in the words of Erykah Badu, the black neo-soul songstress, " What good are your words if they can't understand you." Nothing could have more meaning than to dig into our influences and life experiences to create art that not only moves ourselves but art that can speak to the people we are trying to communicate to. Art that is seeking to be experienced but not explained.