I studied at the Art Institute of Seattle under influential Northwest artists like William Cumming and Fred Griffin, while there I was introduced to figurative expressionism and exploration of the use of color to communicate meaning and value. With a visual communications degree, I worked as a Graphic Designer while further defining my artistic style for over 20 years with various collectives and group shows throughout the Pacific Northwest..
I work in the 'all prima' style of rendering the subject in one session, working quickly and efficiently then being satisfied with the results. When I go back to a painting it's only to add elements or rework a composition, not to 'fix' marks or add tonal layering. This has led to a gestural, carefree, and expressive style of work.
My latest work involves the use of printed shapes as stencils to create a collage type effect that can be worked out before I start painting. This also allows me to add political subject matter that is not already in the scene that I've chosen to paint.