I am a multidimensional, 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...unstable teachers, artists, schools and whatnot. This, paired with a lifelong investigation into spirituality, has given me a large creative toolkit from which to draw ;) and interest to (respectively) play with, break, challenge, modify, ignore and celebrate the rules related to the aforementioned studies.
I am a strong believer in not messing with a child's innate curiosity and wonder, the value of family (however defined), individual creativity, community, and our environment.
I continue to study and enjoy creative expressions-with the exception of acid jazz.
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 imbued with an invitation to discover more.
Art isn't something that one can teach or one can learn. However, a person can study, investigate and explore the many art forms and expressions that are available in our world whether defined by a culture, industry or personal preferences.
Art, at least creative art, is a realm so vast, infinite and filled with unlimited potential that it cannot be approached, with any true authority, through academic institutions. In fact, I find it humorous that we even make the attempt. However, it is valuable as participants in a society to have a common language and reference base as a means of communicating and connecting with each other on a particular subject. It would be wonderful if this was the context in which art education was approached. A person could use the opportunity to study, examine and possibly even experience the various aspects of popular philosophies, techniques, disciplines and artistic movements, but this would always be kept in the context of the subject’s relativity. Too often these areas of focus are presented as absolutes, especially to our youth. Worse, they are used as a means of judging or deterring what is, ironically, in it's purest form, an expression of an individual's journey into the realms of creativity.