I’ve always painted, but it’s only now in my 50s that I’ve really been able to find my artistic voice.
After earning an art degree at UC Santa Barbara, I went on a long and winding career journey that included art directing a showdog magazine in LA, documentary filmmaking in Tibet and across Asia, running a small dude ride horseback operation in California, coaching first-time artists at a paint-n-sip in Texas… and finally here to Ithaca, where I work at Cornell University.
The thread that runs through all my work is that it explores the relationships between humans and the natural world. Sometimes my work explores the conflicts between humans and nature, such as my “Difficult Conversations” paintings; sometimes it manifests in whimsical inspirations that play with expressions of time and growth and other ideas using the iconic form of trees.
Recently I’ve been working with wasp nest paper to explore language and nature’s sovereignty to erase the follies of humankind, and I’ve also been working with upcycling paintings to comment on climate change.