Other Lands show slideshow
While my paintings do not link together to form a linear narrative, I feel that when they come together as a whole, they do tell a story. For me, each individual painting opens up the boundary a bit more between our world and other worlds. Every series I do is an attempt to cross this boundary from a different angle.
Maps of the World show slideshow
This is an ongoing series of pictorial maps that attempts to illustrate the underlying connections between us as individuals and as a people. Each painting springs from my thoughts on the themes of knowledge, time, ancestral influence, migration, and history. Although they are inspired by a specific idea, as with the rest of my paintings they continue to evolve and change as I work.
Dreamscapes show slideshow
These paintings are either painted directly from a specific dream or reminiscent enough of dreams themselves that they are part of this series. I add to this series periodically and tend to only paint directly from dreams when there is such a striking visual image that I can't stop thinking about it.
death and beyond show slideshow
The paintings in this series form an unconscious narrative. They were all created during the brief period that marked the caregiving and then unexpected deaths of both of my parents and the aftermath of rebuilding my world. I normally shy away from making autobiographical works, although when I look back on previous paintings, I can often see pieces from my life at the time that have inserted themselves into the work. This series was completely unintentional but in looking back on it, it clearly told the narrative from beginning to end, the deaths themselves, the dealing with it and the new world revealed to me as I moved through it. Please note: a few of the pieces have already been sold so some of the story, especially the hope and light and fantastic epiphany at the end, are not present here.
storybook series show slideshow
These paintings are all conceived as the covers to individual storybooks.
fairytales, fables, and myths show slideshow
The paintings in this group are partially inspired by the beautiful and elaborate full page pictures in the midst of text in old children's books. I love the way that a fantastical story will go on and on for pages as just black and white text, and suddenly you turn the page and there is a full color image taken from a seemingly random spot in the story which is often accompanied by a simple sentence from the text. I love the care and beauty of the old illustrations and I love the stories themselves.
smaller works show slideshow
These smaller works are simpler paintings that highlight the storytelling aspect of my work. They are shown at City Art Gallery in San Francisco during the monthly shows that I take part in. Their smaller size has challenged me to focus on a smaller more simple scene.
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