I have had a studio practice for over thirty years. I painted with oil and metallic pigment on canvas, wood and aluminum panels until 2015 when I began to work with colored pencil. I spent two years developing the drawings I am doing now.
I have worked in my West Oakland studio for 25 years (and I can get orchids to rebloom under my skylights!).
From June 11th to July 2nd, 2019, I was the artist in residence at the Lucid Art Foundation in Inverness, California. I had three weeks of solitude, nature and a beautiful studio.
, 2003, Oil and polychromatic mica pigments on wood, 12 x 14"
For ten years I worked with powdered interference mica pigments. These pigments work by interfering with light waves causing a shift in color depending on the light and angle of viewing. By building up many, many thin layers of pigment and oil mediums I was able to achieve a changeable, metal-like surface.
, 2002, 10" square, Oil and mica pigments on wood
Along The Five (Santa Margarita)
, 2007, Oil on aluminum, 12 x 12"
I got my hands on some aluminum and spent around a decade enjoying the challenge of painting on metal.
South on 101 (Atascadero)
, 2008, Oil on aluminum, 12 x 12"
I started this series with a painting for each exit on Interstate 5 between Altamont and the Grapevine, then added Highways 101, 29 and 49.
Off Old 99: Lindsay
, 2011, Oil on aluminum, 20 x 20"
, 2011, Oil, ink and graphite on aluminum, 12 x 12"
Simultaneous to the landscapes I veered off into other ways of working with the aluminum panels.
2011 Oil, ink and graphite on aluminum 12 x 12"
A Capella 3
, 2011, Oil on aluminum strips mounted on aluminum 22 x 10"
, 2012, Oil on aluminum panel, 12 x 36"
Griphos (1 and 13)
, 2013, Spray paint and oil on aluminum panel, 16 x 8"
, 2014, Colored pencil on paper, 11 x 18"
In 2014 I did a series of drawings of spheres to learn how to use colored pencil.
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