I grew up in Los Angeles, California where I survived a traumatic childhood. I wound up leaving home to fend for myself when I was 14 years old and worked as a pattern cutter in the garment industry. When I was young, my family moved frequently and I missed out on a lot of my schooling. I fell behind, dropped out and didn't get my GED until I was 19. However, I never stopped making art, playing music, or writing.
I've worked a lot of jobs: bank teller, commercial cleaner, paid picketer for Larry Flynt, and even worked as a drug counselor for a detox center. But I was also a professional drummer, and I toured the U.S. and Canada in a rock band. I specialized in R&B/Hip Hop, groove, and rock n' roll and work a lot in the studio. I studied with many notable drummers, musicians and producers. My favorite drummer is Stevie Wonder and some of my biggest artistic influences are Paul Klee, Charles Bukowski, and John Lennon.
My compositions begin as crude, spontaneous, or even existential ideas. I am looking for answers, evolving, and discovering. I enjoy making work that is handmade and well crafted. In fact, doing this gives me such intense joy, I find it difficult to describe. Making art is like a personal redemption for me. It's a methodical, visionary activity I use to distract myself from a damaged past. I allow little separation between my work and my life, which puts me in a certain world of extraordinary focus and sensitivity. As Paul Klee said, "One eye sees, the other feels."
Most of my recent work draws upon the California landscape, the high desert in particular: no matter how abstract the work. I am interested in telling stories with subtle bits of architecture that meld into the large rock formations of the hills. I like expressing these narratives in oil paint, but I will sometimes add collage, like manila pattern paper or funky color schemes and patterns in various bolt fabrics. Then it seems that it's the media that drives me forward.
Lately, I have been working on an epic memoir called, Shrapnel in the San Fernando Valley that I hope to publish very soon. It's taken me some years to accomplish.
Very happy people have been purchasing my work for many years and I've collected some testimonials from them. Thanks for reading.