I was born in the Pacific Northwest, lived in Washington, Oklahoma and then moved to California as a teenager,
where I have resided since. In college I studied Philosophy, French, Technical Theatre, drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry
etching and lithography. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art with an emphasis in printmaking from California University at Hayward.
My love for collage and the ability to incorporate other mediums into my art work began in high school.
I have been influenced by many artists, both famous and not. Some of the more famous include:
Marcel Duchamp, Egon Schiele, Toulouse Lautrec, Claude Monet, Joseph Cornell, Kurt Schwitters, Jackson Pollock,
Robert Raushcenberg, Richard Diebenkorn, Cy Twombly and Antoni Tapies.
Feelings, thoughts and ideas before and during the creative process is my motivation. I sometimes become
immersed in the media or the construction of a piece and all of my art is fodder for paint-overs, or do-overs as long as
they remain with me. Juxtaposition of objects, color, texture and composition are of prime importance in my creations.