Artist Statement & Biography
As a narrative, figurative painter, I use the figure to depict universal emotions. A narrative is time captured in a moment. The synthesis of the photographic and the painted image, within the familiar context of the family, invites viewers to explore their emotions and transcend worldly barriers--perhaps recalling a moment from parenthood, or childhood, perhaps renewing a quest to understand the meaning of our existence. These moments display a benevolence that might be masking deeper, more malevolent variables.
Born in Portland, Oregon, I have resided and been a Professor of Painting at CSU since 1991. My work is inspired by my childhood home and memories. The figures tell personal stories about my childhood through their introspection, innocence, or wisdom and their complexity within the family structures. I received my undergraduate degree at Massachusetts College of Art and Graduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. I have shown nationally and internationally, including the Gracie Mansion and Jim Kempner in NYC and the Gallery of Vaclav Spala in Prague. I have had three residencies, The Edna St.Vincent Millay Colony-1990, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s “World Views” program- 1998-90, and The Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Venezia in 2016.