I am a professional California artist, poet and college arts educator originally from the. I am fully engaged in my work and dedicated to producing provocative, relevant, figurative work with a “ -surrealist-socio-political sensibility” as well as a “web-based awareness”. As I have said, my image making with words and colors are truly all about the urgency for making images with materials and about this great human drama we are currently living !
Any authentic artist knows in their mind, heart, in their blood, that an artist does what they do because they must. The work that I have been working on over the last few years comes from the awareness and spirit of knowing that we live in difficult, “dark” times. I draw, paint, and write in a sort of spontaneous, “stream-of-consciousness” way where my pre-occupations are varied, yet include current events, consumer culture, relationships, social-political-follies, disasters, spiritual matters, as well as issues that have to do with the prevalence of technology (“connectiveness”, “relevance”, “updatedness”, etc.) in most of our lives. My “topics” are varied and include “miraculous apparitions”, “makeovers gone wrong”, spoils of war, “becoming” part of the natural environment, “over-stepping” one’s carbon footprint, and so on and so on.
The platform that I have been utilizing thematically in my work over the last several years has had a conscious awareness and relationship to the on-line environment, including browser window, references to web giants such as e-bay, facebook, twitter, and, most specifically, youtube.
Within this framework, I have been completely free to explore a myriad of subjects that have interested me, in one way or another, since I began painting and writing poetry back in 1989. I have had many influences and sources of inspiration from poets, Latin American authors, painters. Perhaps those that have made the greatest impact on my work, especially in my early years, include the writers, Ray Bradbury, , musicians The Cure, Depeche Mode, Siouxsie and The Banshees, Soda Stereo, and the art and art styles that include , , , San Francisco Bay Area muralists, surrealism, metaphysical art, pop art, and expressionism.
I have been very fortunate, I must say, that I have had great support from friends and family, especially my parents who always encouraged my artistic and academic endeavors. My former art professor and fellow artisthas been my greatest mentor since the days when I was a college undergraduate student at Cal State University, Hayward (now known as Cal State University, East Bay). More than any other, Mel encouraged and demanded that I pursue art and higher education… I followed his advice and went on to earn my Masters in at