Through the creation of images I am interested in revealing and exploring how we perceive, interpret, and interact with the natural world. The ‘natural world’ in my art is inclusive of the man-made, as humans are both creation and creator of the world. My ideas and inspirations are generated from my explorations and observations of the wonders of nature in conjunction with science, philosophy, spirituality, and art itself. My visual work—painting, drawing, mixed media, and photography—combine varying intensities of realism, surrealism, impressionism, symbolism, and naturalism. Figures reoccurring in my work include oversized bugs, unusual plants, and allegorical characters. I depict ecosystems in which life forms appear in surreal coexistence, growth and decay happen simultaneously, and environments are encroached upon by the destructive forces of humanity. Themes I explore include the processes and motifs of the natural world, the relationship of production and consumption to image-making, and awareness itself—how it is we perceive the world and how we depict it through images. With art I especially want to challenge the illusory division of inner and outer experience, conscious and unconscious awareness, and to reveal the unavoidable inter-connectedness of all living things.
Through creative pursuits I desire to explore and expand the multitudes of existence.
Painting is a crystallization of image forms into a unitary consciousness from which meaning and insight can be derived.
Drawing functions as a mutation and replication of form via organization of lines.
Sculpture bridges the gap between the conceptual realm and the physicality of existence.
Poetry injects rhythm into language so that it can be re-territorialized as a substrate for new thought forms.
Music is the vibratory emanation of life in all its manifestations coming into being.
Art in all forms abstracts what is concrete, and concretizes what is abstract.
It is simultaneously the representative and the catalyst for evolution.
Short bio: At a young age I began creating visual art and learning music. Less than year after my birth on November 6th, 1989 in Ukiah California, I moved to the Ojai Valley. At times since then I have lived in San Diego and Los Angeles counties, graduating from California Institute of the Arts in 2011 with a BFA in Art. I currently live in Ojai with two lop-eared rabbit twins, two frogs, one tortoise, and a variety of native and exotic flora.
Extended biography: I got started as a percussionist banging on pots and pans, which led me to begin percussion lessons with Ojai’s drum circle leader Sartuse at age three. At age six I began attending the Art Workshop, run by Ojai artist Sharon Butler, where I was able to develop my own artistic aspirations: drawings and paintings of animals and environments, real and imagined. After a year of studying piano at age nine, I returned to percussion, playing snare drum in the elementary school band, followed by private lessons on the drum set. Growing up, writing was a mode of expression I kept to mostly myself. Visual art, music, and writing continue to constitute my triad of artistic communication.
My predominant residence in Ojai (from the Chumash word “awhay” meaning “moon”) has been punctuated by lifetimes in San Diego and Los Angeles counties and yearly expeditions to the Eastern Sierras. Immediately upon graduating from Nordhoff High School in Ojai in 2007, I attended California Institute of the Arts, where I continued my artistic explorations through painting and drawing (often to the confusion of peers and professors) and evolved my ideas into installation and mixed media. My instinctive fascination with the visual aspects of the world fueled my utilization of photography as a medium of rapture. I eventually brought my literary explorations out of secrecy into written and spoken poetry and prose. After receiving my BFA in Art from CalArts in 2011, I resided in Los Angeles and the surrounding area, only to return again to Ojai in 2014. Here I continue to develop my visual art, music, and writing. Over the past few years I have played in various musical projects including The Post Nothing and Caduceus, playing a wide variety of instruments including percussion, bass guitar, and keyboard instruments. I currently manage the Artists of Earth website featuring the works of under-represented artists of Ojai. In 2017 I joined the Ojai Studio Artists.