about

about

Growing up in the 1960s San Fernando Valley when orange trees outnumbered houses, I watched as meadows disappeared to housing tracts and shopping malls and developed a passion for preserving open space. The L.A. City school system left me lost in the masses of the baby boom era. I found refuge in creating art and inspiration in family outings to the desert, mountains and beaches and the San Fernando Mission where I fell in love with the religious iconography and the mixture of colors and patterns painted on the pews and walls.

When my career as an advertising and editorial illustrator collided with the 1990s dawn of the computer age, I began using a language of symbols to find and express my own story, obsessions, passions and questions. Moving from Los Angeles to Ventura during the el nino years of torrential rains and flooding confirmed and ignited my junk collecting passion and I began making art with the detritus that I found washed up on the beach. Since then, I continue to dig deep into my story, psyche, thrift shops, garage sales and curb side discards for magic, inspiration and hope. Road signs and birds guide my way...