Visual Art; term
I’m a mixed media artist with a focus in realist painting. My art is typically characterized by vibrant, colorful cityscapes encapsulating the rich energy of metropolitan areas.
I began my art career at the age of 16 when I became the youngest person in the history of my hometown to obtain a business license for mural painting. I attended private art school in pursuit of a fine arts education with a focus on drawing and painting including training under renowned American artist Raymond Saunders, who was on the panel that selected me for a study abroad program in France.
Recently, I’ve been working on ArtProject2010, a self-imposed challenge to create at least one new piece of art every day for a year. Media/Materials I most frequently use acrylic paints and watercolor but also have experience with oil. Frequently used drawing media include charcoal, oil pastel, pen, graphite and conte crayon. For my mixed media abstracts, I favor vintage ephemera and printed materials, sewing notions and fabric. I make an effort to repurpose/ reuse/ upcycle whenever possible.
Themes: I paint colorful, slightly abstracted images of city scenes that I have visited and connected using my own photographs for reference. I believe that busy cities have a rich accumulation of the energy, experiences and memories of their inhabitants and I work to create an instant connection to that vibrancy in my pieces. In my mixed media pieces, I arrange vintage elements to create modern allegories around themes of memory, social constraints/expectations and nostalgia.
-Public Speaking Panelist for “The Art of Social Media”, sponsored by the Sacramento Social Media Club at the Urban Hive (7/20/10)
-City Art Gallery 828 Valencia St, San Francisco, Group Shows: Apr, Aug, Oct 2007; Feb & Mar 2008; Jul & Oct 2010
-Asylum Gallery 1719 25th St. Sacramento, CA, Emerging Artists Show October 2008
-Mission Creek Cafe 968 Valencia St, San Francisco, Group Show June-Sept 2006
-Illustrator for “Finding a dragonfly and a daddy” August 2008 Mirror Publishing, ISBN-10: 0982117108
-Muralist serving Northern California 10+ years 1998-current
Education/ Associations/ Awards
-Manager of SactoMetro Etsy Street Team, a group of about 40 local crafters and artisans 2008-2010
-Artist of the month, N Magazine April 2010 L’ecole des Beaux-Arts, Marseille, France 2005
-California College of the Arts, Oakland and S.F., CA 2003-2005
-Ohlone Community College, Fremont, CA 2000-2002
Mural Project History
• Public mural: Portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. donated to Mercy Housing’s Martin Luther King Village at 3900 47th Ave. in Sacramento, CA, 2009
• Public mural: The History of Transportation for The City of San Bruno, 2008, 50’ (composed of 10 graffiti-proofed wooden panels mounted at the corner of San Bruno Ave. & San Mateo Ave. in San Bruno, CA.) Acrylic exterior.