THE ARTIST

Zeus created nine muses for the arts and sciences but forgot the muse of visual arts, so I had to become my own demigod.

I’m a self taught artist working mainly on figurative works in the medium of acrylics. With my head in the studio and paint under my nails, I understand that time has given me clarity of vision, the lack of fear to express myself honestly, and the skills to execute what is in my head. At 54 years of age, I believe that all my years have been building to this moment. Age is simply the another color on my palette.

My process is personal. I approach painting with a primal instinct to scratch, tap, and pull acrylic from the canvas. Within most of my paintings, this includes the illusion that is brought about by acrylic encaustic that blurs, softens and creates depth upon the surface of the canvas. This visual phenomenon provides the viewer a gentle entry point into the subject matter.

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My voice is social. Belief that we connect ourselves with the world in a meaningful way through creativity, I offer my artwork and experiences as a gay man to a new generation in the hope of encouraging them to embrace their uniqueness and create their own paradigms.

I engage the viewer through visual storytelling. I enjoy creating a sense of being dropped into the middle of a something, which compels a viewer to interpret their own account of events taking place.

In the studio, I am examining the journey of my own personal identity through the lens of noir-inspired style. The paintings are primarily black and white with a few dull tones to capture a nocturnal mood that allow me to tweak archetypes and play upon psychological themes familiar to the genre.

With these works, I am at the precipice of my creative life. I am compelled to keep working within this framework I’ve created. The setting allows for countless variations for me to shine a light on the significance of being “different.” I have ideas to incorporate photography and mixed media into my work that I have yet to explore.

I feel that art is best seen in person so I imagine my art traveling beyond my region of the world. The tactile experience cannot truly be duplicated virtually. That said, I will also explore online opportunities to reach out to contemporary audiences who I hope have an interest in my work.

Imagination, awareness and commitment will take me anywhere I dare to dream.


July 2017 PERSON, PLACE OR THING • The Studio Door, San Diego, CA
February 2016 BROTHERHOOD • San Diego Pride Offices, San Diego, CA
April/May 2015 City of Solana Beach: City Hall Gallery, Solana Beach, CA
June/July 2013 BROTHERHOOD • San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA


2017
October 2017 - January 2018 The Very Best of OMA Artist Alliance 2017, L Street Fine Art Gallery, San Diego, CA (Juried)
July - August 2016 Portraits, Escondido Arts Partnership, Escondido, CA
February 2017 Documents and Pictures; Poway Center for the Performing Arts, Poway, CA (Juried)
March - August 2017 OMA Artist Alliance at the Museum 2017, Oceanside Museum of Arts, Oceanside, CA (Juried)

2016
December 2016 Day at the Beach, Night at the Beach; Encinitas Community Center Gallery, Encinitas, CA (Juried)
December 2016 Summation 2016, Escondido Arts Partnership, Escondido, CA
June 2016 San Diego Museum of Art Artist Guild Member Exhibition (Juried), Spanish Village, San Diego, CA
May 2016 Photographers Exhibition in conjunction with North Park Festival of the Arts, The Studio Door, San Diego, CA
April/May 2016 50 TO WATCH (Juried Biennial Regional Exhibition/ National Publication), The Studio Door, San Diego, CA
Juried by Jenna S. Jacobs - Curatorial Manager, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and
Christine Knoke - Director of Exhibitions and Chief Curator / Mingei International Museum: Balboa Park, San Diego
February 2016 Artist Portfolio Magazine 5th Anniversary Exhibition, Online

2015
December 2015 See/Me Final Exhibition (Photography), Scope Art Miami during Art Basil, Miami, FL (Invitational)
October 2015 Empyrean Artifacts, Venus Studios Art Supply, Palm Desert, CA
July 2015 5th Annual Exposure Exhibition (Photography), Musée du Louvre, Paris, France
July 2015 Artists of North Park 2015, Expressive Arts Gallery, San Diego, CA
July 2015 Art of Pride, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
July 2015 LGBT Family Unit, Space 4 Art, San Diego, CA
March 2015 Studio Artists Exhibition [30 Block North Park Art Night], The Studio Door, San Diego
January 2015 Pop Up Gallery [Ray at Night], San Diego Art Department, San Diego, CA

2014
November 2014 Ray Street Artists Farewell, The Studio Door, San Diego, CA (Invitational)
August 2014 Art Walk San Diego, Liberty Station, San Diego, CA (Juried)
April 2014 Art Walk San Diego, Little Italy, San Diego, CA (Juried)
Mar 2014 1st Annual Art in the Garden, La Jolla, CA (Invited)
Jan/Feb 2014 Regional Show, San Diego Art Institute, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA (Juried)

2013
July 2013 Art of Pride, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA - Juried 1st Prize (Juried)
July/August 2013 Ray Street Artists, Museum of the Living Artist, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
May/June 2013 Ray Street Artists, San Diego Art Department, San Diego, CA


Reubens Collection - San Diego, CA
Souder - von Behren Collection - Palm Desert, CA
Paparella Collection - Paradise Valley, AZ
Kocon Collection - Belle Plaine, MN


• The Business of Art Scholarship Mentor, Mission Federal ArtWalk, 2017
• Published in 50 TO WATCH, The Studio Door, 2016
• Named 2015 Mentor of the Year by Professional Artist Magazine, April/May 2016
• Commissioned for MILK LOVES ART by Got Milk? [Charity: Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times], 2015/2016
• Selected to participate in 5th Annual Exposure Exhibition (Photography), Musée du Louvre, Paris, France, July 2015
• Published in Ray Street Artists (San Diego Art Department, 2013)
• Author of BROTHERHOOD TAROT COMPANION
• Digital Photography & Publisher of BROTHERHOOD TAROT


2014-Current Owner, The Studio Door
2017-Current Member Artist, Escondido Arts Partnership
2015-Current Member Artist, The San Diego Museum of Art Artist Guild
2015-Current Member Artist, Oceanside Museum of Art Artist Alliance
2017-Current Member,Athenaeum Music and Arts Library
2015-Current Member, San Diego Museum of Art
2014-Current Member, San Diego Regional Arts Coalition
2014-Current Member, GSDBA
2015-Current Board Director, North Park Main Street
2012-14 Member Artist of San Diego Art Institute - North Park
2012-14 Chair, Board of Directors of Film Consortium Foundation,
2003-14 Entrepreneur for Artist Development and Arts Initiatives (formerly Oak Grove Oracle)
2013 Executive Director of Space 4 Art
1997-2013 Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Media Arts Center San Diego


January 2017 Thumbprint Gallery @ URBN, North Park, San Diego, CA
December 2016 Summation 2016, Escondido Arts Partnership, Escondido, CA
June 2016 Student Craft Exhibition 2016, Mingei International Museum, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
March 2016 International Online Exhibition 2016, San Diego Museum of Art Artist Guild, San Diego, CA
March 2016 Top 100 Exhibition 2016, Southwestern Artists Association, Spanish Village, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA