Archetypes...Myths...Rituals. I have long been intrigued and fascinated by these
concepts. In my sculptures, both figurative and abstract, I employ these aspects of a
collective unconscious to evoke an emotional state within the viewer.
In my figurative work, my goal is to capture the myriad changing state of the human
condition through subtle changes in facial countenance and body language. The end
result shows how the inner condition is expressed by the outward form while also
conveying a sense of this expression transcending both time and history. In my abstract
sculptures, I have recreated the numinous quality of subconsciously shared images,
stories, and ceremonial rites. The sculptures, themselves, are composed of abstract forms
that are covered with a rich, textural surface. The end result is a complex organic piece
that evokes a sense of ancient artifacts, of ritualistic objects from some unknown culture,
or of imagined landscapes.
However, be it figurative or abstract, my ultimate goal is to have the viewer feel a sense of familiarity with the work...a sense of having experienced this before. I believe this feeling of déjà vu arises from both the collective unconscious and a mystical center we all share.
B.A., UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
M.F.A., Stanford University, Stanford, CA
I have always loved the process of creation and have expressed this love in a variety of ways. I’ve been a fine art photographer with shows in New York, Boston, and other East Coast cities. I’ve been a cabinet maker, a stained-glass artisan, a writer, and a potter. However, for most of the past thirty years, my career focus has been as a script writer and director of film and video. During this time, I received over fifty national and international awards for my work. These include: awards from the New York International Film Festival; the Chicago International Film Festival; the Houston International Film Festival; and the US International Film Festival. In addition, I received several honors including a Louis B. Mayer Fellowship; a Stanford Fellowship; and selection into the Library of Congress CINE Collection.
In 2006, I began actively pursuing a long held fascination with sculpture. Since then, I’ve devoted more and more of my time creating three dimensional art. As a novice sculptor, many of my early pieces ended up in the slag heap of creation, as I refined both my sensibilities and my mastery of the many processes involved in creating sculpture. However, after a year or so, my sculptures began finding a way into my home and yard; and into the homes of friends. By 2010 I felt that my work was ready for public exposure. In my first year of exhibiting, my work appeared in several shows throughout California including: “Made in California,” “Art Outside the Box,” and the “California
After a long struggle trying to make a living as a fine artist, I discovered illustration in 1985 and found that a realistic painter was better accepted as an illustrator than as a fine artist during those times. I enjoy nature and cooking so I decided to base my portfolio on natural subject matter and then started looking for areas where this subject matter could be used.
I started out painting for textbooks, Organic Gardening Magazine, FIRST for Women Magazine and The San Diego Natural History Museum and was finally able to make a living but the budgets were still quite low. After a few years I found that companies had better budgets for illustrations used on their products and I soon specialized in packaging illustration. I now consider myself one of the better realistic food and botanical packaging illustrators in the country. Some of my clients have been Alberto Culver, Bath & Body Works, Clairol, Continental Mills, Frito-Lay, Marzetti, Smucker's, Wal-Mart, Unilever, and Victoria's Secret.
The paintings are a mixture of a watercolor base with colored pencil used for details. The originals are fairly small, about 6" to 8", since they are always reduced when printed."