I was born in 1956 in Seattle, Washington. Art has
been my second language from an early age.
After high school, I studied fine art at the Cornish
College of the Arts. After completing their program
I went on to further studies in illustration and design
at the School of Visual Concepts and the Burnley School
of Professional Art, both private commercial art schools
in Seattle. In 1982 I began working as a professional
I took a brief sabbatical in 1996 and traveled to England,
France, and Italy to see firsthand the great masters
I had studied in school. The artists I connected with
in my youth were Henri Rousseau and Paul Gauguin; seeing
their work in person brought tears to my eyes. My later
influences included Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró.
In 2009 I suffered a traumatic brain injury in a terrifying
auto accident, and my life was immediately altered.
I was forced to re-learn everyday tasks and had to give
up a 30-year career as a successful art director.
My post-accident creativity has given my new life meaning
and purpose. Painting and drawing is a complete departure
from design work. The freedom to pick up a brush or
oil stick and begin from a deep place within is exhilarating.
My personal style is fluid, loose, and passionate —
a free-form expression in ink, oil stick, and graphite.
This is my true calling.
My work has recently been featured in several shows:
the 2011 opening of Forte MDA on Camano Island, Washington,
the 2013 TBI Art Show at Skyline at First Hill and a
group show at the Columbia City Gallery (7/2014).
I currently live in Columbia City with my dog Oscar.