The experience of painting is like piloting while looking out a window to many worlds. While flying, I’m synthesizing images and superimposing them onto other dimensions. Past associations and artistic influences may show up, conscious or otherwise, and it’s all happening in the present, where everything converges.
I attended an art high school called Interlochen Arts Academy. This is where I began to find my own compositional language through photography and creative writing. My first painting class was as a freshman at Bard College in New York and after graduating from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1993, I started exhibiting professionally in Hawaii. I have also shown in California, Colorado, and Arizona and, have been in numerous group, one-person shows and galleries.
I also work as a psychotherapist. The combination of art and therapy is both complimentary and contrasting in that each is about working internal process – other people’s and my own. They inform each other and offer a respite from the indulgence of being too self-absorbed (the artist), or doing too much process work (the therapist). Everything is relational and contextual, a parallel of both my professional worlds. I feel fortunate to have found both and wish upon everyone the experience of fulfilling work.