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As a young painter I lived in Los Angeles and San Francisco where I adopted a west coast sense of graffiti and mural style. I moved to San Francisco in the early nineties and I studied art ( and spray painting) at San Francisco’s Art Institute with Bay Area artist and mentor , Tom Akawie.
After a stint as a tagger and doing some “ outdoor renegade mural work” I was disappointed by the lack of permanence and respect for this art form, so I became more interested in the stylistic application of this art form in fine art painting.
The way I paint now reflects what I call “the sum of all destructions and new beginnings.” I have battled with bi polar and drug addiction issues my whole life (thankfully , I am winning ) It is hard for bi polar people to finish things they have started– the way I finish paintings is by destroying parts of the work I don’t like and starting the painting again until the final work emerges. My life has been about destruction and new beginnings.
I am heavily influenced by graffiti art, what I learned of Beat culture and by scientific images. I make paintings that are often dark, otherworldly and psychological. I try to create a landscape where mysticism and science can exist side by side.