About the Artist
Beyond all of the logical fulfillment over the years of what is expected of us in life, ever since I can remember I wrestled with how to appropriately express I was wrestling deeper underneath. Most of my life these wrestling matches found their way expressed into moments or seasons I would love to forget - which created MORE wrestling. It wasn't until about three years ago, I realized I could take the struggle to canvas and ultimately breathe a healthy release. Through abstract expressionism I was able to sculpt with massive globs of pigment my crumbled attempts to effectively communicate any other way. Artist Jay Meuser wrote of his painting Mare Nostrum, "It is far better to capture the glorious spirit of the sea than to paint all of its tiny ripples." Similarly, Jasper Johns offered, "To be an artist you have to give up everything, including the desire to be a good artist."
I've painted through hurt, fear, turmoil, long suffering, failure, oppression, depression, joy, hope and love, all illustrated with the passionate presence of the unfailing spirit refusing to yield to any darkness. Many of my paintings show a glow quietly underneath muddy browns of tidal creeks. The promise of crisp oranges, buttercup yellows and pure whites, no matter how faint, explain a light will not be put out; the gifts will not be blotted, the voice will find audience no matter the forces wielding against them. Many of my paintings pour out reckonings to my love for nature; the soils and the sea. From colors of the air in their seasons, to wetlands and rich understories -- to the majesty of the water itself. A languid stream revealing hints of orange fallen leaves. The dark turbulence of the sea, against such we acquiesce futility. From the protection deep inside a mother's womb to the juxtaposed violence of pinned in what my West Coast surfing friends quipped as the 'washing machine'. Whether real or actual, life can put us in the 'washing machine', burping us onshore raw and humiliated like Jonah. But like Jonah, in our struggles we become richer. We see things more clearly, our priorities shift, our focus is honed. We're reborn.