Artist Statement 

 

I've always been fascinated with the industrial revolution and the products of mass production. I love the ingenuity of humans. We are always looking to find ways to overcome obstacles or to improve on what we do to make things more efficient. In particular what I am looking at as an artist is our relationship to those machines and the products of that mass production. I find it interesting and fascinating that people have a way of personalizing these inanimate objects. We have a way of taking something that was mass produced and making it something unique and personal to us. The ownership and use of an object or machinery leaves an impression a mark that speaks to that person and how they used it or cared for it.

One area that I am focusing on is the car. It is such a big part of our lives and our culture and our story. So much so, that getting one is a right of passage. In the
 "Car Portraits" series I not only want to show off the awesome design and styling of cars and trucks through the early part of the century but I also want to connect the car with the owner.  I want to capture some of that story of ownership.  Going to car shows and talking with people about about their cars I hear these stories with so much love and nostalgia, the history and memories they have with their car. They talk about their cars like its a member of the family. This makes what I do so special for me and the car owner.The detail in my paintings helps convey that meaningful connection with the owner and those details can show some of what makes that car very specific to that owner. 

 




 


Commissions:
 
      AHC, Sacramento
           2018 Project:  40 landscape pastel drawings



Achievements:

International Guild of Realism Spring online salon 2020

Oil Painters of America National Show
       RS Hanna Gallery, Fredricksburg Tx.  August 2020

Oil Paintiers of America Western Regional Showcase, August- September 2020
 
Alamo Danville Art Society Primavera Show, May 2012

         Honorable Mention award

Alamo Danville Art Society Inside Art Show June 2013

         Blue Ribbon Merit award

Valley Art Gallery, "Slopes of Diablo" Competition, May 2016



Representaion:

Valley Art Gallery

1661 Botelho Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94696