Bio

I tend to explore mixed media painting  and enjoy creating related  installation pieces. Often I will incorporate natural materials in my work looking for expansive avenues to essentially weave or blur the lines between painting and structure. I have always looked to cultivate a deep connection to the natural environment and our vital human relationships; both are integral elements to my conceptual approach. My underlying message is to resonant visually a cross-cultural compassion and our intrinsic association with our planet. My work has been widely reviewed in Mexico where I lived from 2001-2008. I have exhibited in galleries in Toluca, Queretaro and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico as well as Oakland, Berkeley, Point Reyes, Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA. World travels and concurrent work as a travel guidebook author and illustrator for Lonely Planet Publications, publishing titles on: México (2006), Hawaii, the Big Island (2005), Indonesia (2003), and Ecuador (2001), have further inspired my work. I received a BA in Geography with a minor Geology from the University of California at Davis in 1997. In 2005 I received an MFA from the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where I spent four years as a bilingual professor. I currently teach and work in Oakland, CA and show my paintings locally throughout the Bay Area. My work is held by numerous private collectors in Mexico and the US.