I am addressing the issue of natural beauty in the wake of human influence. The human struggle to control the environment has left nature scarred; however it perseveres and grows in his footsteps.
I am most directly inspired by my surroundings and where I have lived: The farm and timber homesteads of Central Washington and fishing villages on the lower Columbia River. My interests are in reflecting this authentic narrative of place in the Pacific Northwest. These sublime landscapes have provided me with reference to understand the past, and to be aware of my own mark on the environment. My work is informed by this specific environment, however with atmospheric movement in abstraction leaving to interpretation ones own sense of place.
My work continues to explore the reflection of the natural environment. These works are made by free association of intuitive mark making, or automatism. I stretch further from the literal reference and deeper into abstraction. This is the growth I've experienced as of late. It has been a successful attempt to make the work of painting fun again by play. It's the process of pigment manipulation, aesthetic chess, and exploration of mark making carving out a composition.
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2017 Imogen Gallery, Astoria Or.
2015 Cascadian Slipstream, Astoria Or.
2015 Lower Columbia College, Longview Wa.
2015 Orange On Blue, Astoria Or.
2013 PUB Gallery Peninsula College, Port Angeles Wa.
2012 OCCA. Newport Oregon
2010 Columbia Bank, Portland OR.
2010 Terraqueous, Astoria OR.
2007 Riversea Gallery, Astoria OR.
2006 Lunar Boy Gallery, Astoria OR.
2005 Shidoni Gallery, Santa Fe NM.
2004 Alderbrook Station, Astoria OR.
2004 Lovelake Gallery, Portland OR.
2003 Fire Place Gallery, Mt. Hood Community College Gresham OR.
2002 Simon Edwards Gallery, Yakima Wa.
2019 Oregon Governor's Award
2013 Ucross Residency Award
2013 Ford Family Foundation Residency Grant Award
2010 Allied Arts Gallery, Best in show. Yakima WA.
2008 Au Naturel International, Purchase Award, Clatsop College. Astoria Or.
2001 Larson Gallery, Best in show. Yakima WA.
Western Washington University. B.A. Fine Arts 1999
Ucross Foundation Residency Fellow 2013