About Me

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I am a multimedia, hands-on creative artist and poet with a San Diego based home studio. Having always been too curious and too creative, I have continually studied a variety of artistic disciplines and philosophies throughout my life with established teachers, artists and schools. This, paired with a life long investigation into spirituality, has given me a large "creative tool kit" from which to draw - and permission to (respectively) play with, break, challenge, modify, ignore and celebrate the rules related to the aforementioned studies. I am a strong believer in kids, family, individual creativity, community and our environment. Together, through individuals sharing their talents, amazing art can happen. I continue to study and enjoy all creative expressions. Some common characteristics found within my work are: re-purposing everyday items and discard-able things, harmonizing opposites, playing with current beliefs and assumptions with a whimsical twist, and delicately blending spontaneity with discipline. The end results are simple, balanced expressions of wonder and joy.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Living Art








Using what is available is an intoxicating and exciting part of the creative process – it becomes a game and adds to the enjoyment of putting together all the puzzle(ing) pieces of a work. My studio contains a range of artist quality materials to children’s nontoxic supplies, everyday items, discard-able~objects and recyclable materials. I enjoy the archival idea of preservation and standing the test of time, but I also love the freedom of impermanence mirrored in children’s art supplies.
Artist grade materials offer that safe feeling of trust, predictability and quality and the lower quality (for example: student grade, recycled and everyday materials) can be less stable, unpredictable, and will decompose and fade with time. Layering and balancing predictable with the unpredictable media offers a unique opportunity for a work to continue to live on and evolve even when the artist has finished. The work is free to live out the rest of its life so to speak, continuing to reveal its layers over time. The work is still moving, evolving, breathing - it’s still in relationship with the elements, as the elements work with the painting, assisting it in its transformation. I think this is really rich and exciting. I am in love with the process.

Mix and Play









I like to mix metaphors, perspectives, perceptions, opposites and oh yeah - media.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Discipline















My son and I in Ubud, Indonesia taking a cultural art class...


I enjoy studying technique (this has not always been the case!) purely as an exploration into a certain discipline. Afterward, I try to just forget it and trust that through the very concentrated act of interacting with the discipline it has integrated it into my awareness and abilities.

Sometimes


I like being within the balancing point between the opposing forces of my topic when I work on a piece - sometimes it can be a real challenge to get there, and other times it seems so effortless. A really good piece reveals a multitude of opposing points in relationship to a central idea and how they play out through perspectives and perceptions like balance, confusion, clarity, harmony, compression, relaxation, suspense, peace...

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Art of Class

The last few days I had the privilege of visiting Cathrine Kegan's 9th grade English classes at San Diego High School, California. I was invited to facilitate a discussion on What is Art? and work with the students on an exercise exploring sensory observations and their personal interpretations. Exploring their sensory impressions ties into their current study of vignettes.
I was very impressed with Kegan's style of teaching, her passion, knowledge and her strong commitment to these students - she is a gift to them, and an inspiration to me.
I loved being able to share some of my world with them, and am grateful for the opportunity to have them share some of themselves with me, even if it was for just a short while.

Each child is a wonderful, unique piece of living art - beautiful!

I hope to post some photos soon.

Monday, December 8, 2008

I Love

Anthony Blanco's adoration
Zvonimir Boban’s wings
Jacques Bouyssou beauty (and his paintings are beautiful too)
Brancusi’s essence
Chagall’s purity
Cézanne’s technique
Leonardo’s relentless questioning
Erté’s lushy yummy-ish
Frances Bacon’s power
Gauguin’s simplicity
E.J.Gold’s generosity
Haring’s love
Kandinsky’s structure
Klee’s roots
Klimt’s gold
Lautrec’s openness and for never correcting his mistakes
Matisse’s inventiveness
Michelangelo’s perfect circle
Miro’s frustration and broken mirror stars
Mondrian’s quest for unity
Takashi Murakami’s joy
Picasso explorations
Pollock’s passion
Rembrandt’s tranquility
Renoir’s clarity
Rodin’s expansiveness
Rousseau’s innocence
Seurat’s romance
Van Gogh’s sensitivity
Warhol’s boldness
Dali's imagination