After decades of doing traditional art, dry pastels, acrylics, oils, clay color pencils, batik, silkscreening, I have had to rethink my creative tools completely. 20 years after the 10 years of on-the-job exposure to toxins in the semi conductor industry and two moldy apartments ended with my having Pulmonary Fibrosis. I had to find a non-toxic art medium. So I have added digital art as a medium also.
Having lived in the Northwest as a child and an adult, the S.F. Bay Area, the East Coast and Europe, my artwork reflects the diverse populations and places I have seen.
The Sistine Chapel Venetian Glassworks, and Italian tiles, enormous tapestries in the German Castles, marble sculptures, statues, and ornate ironwork that are present everywhere in Europe at that age. Influenced my digital works. My mandalas, optical illusions, and geometric abstracts.
The Art books and prints my family collected. Robert Colescott, Edmonia Lewis, Maria Johnson-Calloway, Elizabeth Catlett, Ralph Cheese, and Charles White’s fine had an indelible effect on me. The primary colors and joyful scenes of the Haitian Art. The powerful images in the Ebony, National Geographic, and Life Magazines my family subscribed to over the decades allowed me to take in the art of the world. The collections of 17th Century Bible engravings prints they had were my anatomy books. Have influenced my love of focusing on the facial expressions, and body language of the people I portray on paper.
Beginning in the late 1960‘s I started to soak up the Fillmore West, Berkeley Square, Winterland, Keystone concert Poster Art. From the political art in the Berkeley Barb, Black Panther, San Francisco and Santa Cruz news papers to R. Crumb and Dori Seder comic books. The colorful “Flower Power” Art, and Peter Max images. The resurgence of Maxfield Parrish Art, vintage 1930’s Folk Tale book illustrations and Art Deco. 1970‘s & 80’s Jazz Fusion, & Funk album cover art and Fashion, have set my color pallet, style, content and or commentary in my work.
"Camper Shell on 33 Ave NE" photoshop 2015
A lone house sites on a hill, some spare shrubs surround it. There’s a white picket fence, cached with dust but still well mended. Its posts echo the hills rolling beneath. Everything is gentle and nothing seems hard. Why there’s a two-story tower in the middle of the plain...wait, maybe it’s not the middle. From where you are, the plain totally surrounds you. It looks like you could walk miles in either direction and still be nowhere nears its edges. The middle then must be somewhere, but you can’t be sure it’s where you are and where this building is. The building appears to have just the one door and two windows and no apparent purpose. Maybe if there were a horse tied up out back, or at least some semblance of people having been here. To find out, you might just have to go in and see for yourself.
Clay Color Pencil Mandala Collage 2017
Mixed Medium Color Pencil Sketch - Framed 2015
In the past I've shown at:
I will be participating in "Path With Art"s upcoming Summer 2017 exhibit.
Seattle City Hall "We Are All Here" exhibit - 2016
Kaffeeklatch, Lake City - 2016
Soloris Building, Lake City - 2016
110 Union Art Co-op Show - 2012
Bemis Art Show - Spring 2011
Wallingford Art Walk - 2009
U District Art Walk - 09
Avanti Frame Shop, Greenwood - 2000
Columbia City Community Festival - 96
I recently received a grant from Seattle's Office of Arts & Culture, Artists Up, and Arts Trust that will allow me to exhibit at least 8 large-scale (16" X 16" - 40" X 26") prints of digitally-manipulated versions of my original artwork. You can see some of them on my "Orbs" and "Mandalas" page. The exhibit will also include the original hand done pastel, color pencil and painted artwork. I'm really excited about the prospect of my own first gallery exhibit.
I'm also looking forward to making my art large and interactive. I recently took a book sculpting class. The teacher, Seattle Artist Michelle de la Vega, brought back my memory of my love of folding paper. Of making puzzles, moving parts, things people can push and pull.
My Art Education;
"Book Sculpting" 2017 Spring Semester - Path With Arts.
"Collage Making" 2016 Summer Semester - PWAs.
Various "Seattle Figure Drawing" meet-ups, & classes at wheelchair accessible locations over the last 10 years.
Laney College, Oakland CA 76 - 78 Print making under Jerry Gouch.
Contra Costa College, San Pablo CA 72 - 72 & 92 Graphic Arts & Silkscreening.
Leather Batiking, Richmond Art Center 72Type your paragraph here.
"The Dancer" 2013
2013 Mixed Medium Water Color Pencil Sketch from 1992
Cyber Sculpture Series "Tubular Bells - Lapis" 2000
"Cinni" Mixed Medium 2005