About the Artist

 

“Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world” -John Muir

 

My art is about connection with the
natural world, about intimacy, involvement, and ideas bigger than me. I grew up
and spent most of my life in the Sierra Nevada mountains California. My
childhood at Lake Tahoe instilled in me a love of nature as well as a desire to
re-create or transform this beauty into artwork.

 
I’ve been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. My first sketches as a 12 year
old were drawings of the moon and tree silhouettes through my bedroom window at
night. There is a direct impetus from my deeply felt awe of natural beauty to
the artistic impulse. Throughout my life and artistic development, nature
has been the basis, whether represented initially by larger landscapes, and later
focusing on more particular elements and rarefied forms such as leaves, rocks, pine cones, water,
birds, trees and clouds.
 

The smallest details in nature often inspire me: the perfect
Fibonacci sequence of a pine cone, the strike of light on treetops at sunrise,
how snow can smooth out shapes into simple forms, or the directional growth of
tree limbs. With the mountains and their environment as the backdrop to all
things, making paintings of natural phenomena was a way to embody my
experiences with the natural world.

 


I have been painting for over 25 years and have a B.A. in Graphic Design and Illustration from San Diego State University. I have studied painting with Wayne Thiebaud, Gregory Kondos, Craig Smith and others from the Sacramento Valley School.

My work has been exhibited in galleries across northern California: Sacramento, Grass Valley, Truckee, and the San Francisco Bay Area.