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A COLLECTION OF THOUGHTS


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A COLLECTION OF THOUGHTS


I HOPE TO FIND MYSTERY AND POETRY IN EVERYTHING.

 

Like you, and everyone else in the world, I'm a lot of different things.

I'M AN ARTIST, EDUCATOR, ILLUSTRATOR, MURALIST, PHOTOGRAPHER, DESIGNER, WRITER, AND POET.

I'M BEST KNOWN FOR MY AUDACIOUS, EXPLORATORY, AND STORY-SOAKED SCULPTURAL INSTALLATIONS. LIKE ENTERING AN UNDISCOVERED WORLD, ABANDONED HOME, OR ONE'S OWN INNER LIFE, THESE INSTALLATIONS ACT AS LIVING METAPHORS TO PROMPT PHYSICAL ENGAGEMENT and character development WITH THE VIEWER, CONJURE STRONG EMOTIONAL CONNECTIONS, INSPIRE DEEP REFLECTION, OFFER INSIGHT INTO THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE, AND ENCHANT AUTHENTIC AND IMAGINATIVE PLAY IN BOTH ADULTS AND CHILDREN.

THAT SAME TENACIOUS, AMBITIOUS, THOUGHT PROVOKING INTENTION ALSO MAKES ITS WAY INTO EVERY PIECE, BRUSH STROKE, WORD, AND IDEA I PUT IN A GALLERY, MURAL, ILLUSTRATION, POEM, OR PHOTO.

rangING from vast village-like installations IN MUSEUMS AND POETICALLY CHARGED 2D AND 2.5D WORK IN GALLERIES, TO THE SMALL ACT OF MAKING A POEM OR PHOTO ALONE AT THE RIVER, MY WORK INVESTIGATES THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE, MYSTERY, CONNECTIONS TO LANGUAGE, LANDSCAPE & PLACE, THE UNFATHOMABLE DEPTH OF OUR OWN INNER-LIVES, AND THE THREADED-NESS OF ONE THING TO EVERYTHING ELSE.  MY WORK HAS MANY MEDIUMS; THE IDEAS TAKING THEIR FINAL FORMS TO FILL IN THE OPEN SPACE OF A GALLERY WALL, INSTALLATION, OR POEM LIKE WATER SEEKING ITS LEVEL.         

 

CONCEPTUALLY RIGOROUS, AESTHETICALLY STRIKING, IMAGINATIVELY DARING, AND OPEN TO WIDE AUDIENCES.

 

"THE WORLD WILL NEVER LACK  FOR WONDERS,   ONLY WONDER."

- G.K. CHESTERTON

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IMPORTANCE OF ART EDUCATION


IMPORTANCE OF ART EDUCATION


WHY I BELIEVE IN ART EDUCATION - AN EVER-BLOOMING PHILOSOPHY


THERE'S AN ARTIST WITHIN EACH OF US, A RICH AND DYNAMIC INNER LIFE, A THREADED-NESS AND NEED FOR OTHERS, AND A TRUE SELF THAT NO STRUGGLE OR TRAUMA HAS THE RIGHT TO TAKE AWAY OR DAMAGE. EACH OF US, IS of WORTH AND DESERVES TO BE SEEN, HEARD, AND KNOWN.  WE'RE ALL FULL OF PARADOX AS WELL, AND ART IS CAPABLE OF GIVING SPACE TO each complex part of us... 

JOY  &  MOURNING  -  CELEBRATION  &  STRUGGLE  -  PURPOSE  &  CONFUSION  -  TOGETHER  YET ALONE 

 

EVERY PERSON

DESERVES TO

BE SEEN,

HEARD,

AND KNOWN.

ART EDUCATION, THROUGH THE MANY ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCY PROGRAMS AND COMMUNITY PROJECTS I HAVE LED AND PARTICIPATED IN, OFFERS TO ANYONE, CHILD, TEENAGER, OR ADULT, THE OPPORTUNITY TO USE ART AS A VESSEL TO PROCESS THIS WORLD OF PARADOX AROUND THEM, AND WITHIN THEM.  IT OFFERS OWNERSHIP OVER ONE'S OWN STORY, MAKING YOU A SUBJECT OF YOUR OWN LIFE, FULL OF CHOICE, SELF AWARENESS, AND WORLD AWARENESS. IT'S A CONDUIT TO AUTHENTICALLY INVESTIGATE YOUR IDENTITY, TO GROW IN CHARACTER, AND TO BE ENRICHED AS A COMMUNITY OR INSTITUTION.  

ART EDUCATION CAN BE A SOCIAL TOOL FOR JUSTICE, GROWING EMPATHY, AND EMPOWERING YOUR SKILLS OF ASKING GREAT QUESTIONS, TO BECOME A BETTER LISTENER TO THE WORLD AROUND YOU.

WE TAKE IN THE WORLD THROUGH OUR SENSES, MOST OFTEN OUR EYES, AND MAKING ART WITH OUR HANDS AND BODIES, OFFERS US A CHANCE FOR A KINETIC EXPLORATION OF OUR INTAKE, AND A WAY TO DISCERN AND PROCESS THIS CONTENT. MOST OF OUR SENSES CANNOT EXPRESS IDEAS ON OUR MINDS BEHALF, BUT OUR HANDS CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE PHYSICAL PARTICIPATION WITH OF ALL THIS SENSORY INFORMATION. WE CAN THINK WITH OUR HANDS; THEY OFFER AN EXHALE TO OUR VISUAL AND AUDITORY INHALE. THEY OFFER US THE GIFT OF COMMUNING VERSUS CONSUMING WITH WHAT WE OBSERVE AROUND US.

LIFE IS A DISCOVERY PROCESS, FULL OF THE POTENTIAL TO PARTICIPATE RICHLY WITH MYSTERY.  THE ART PROGRAMMING I RUN AND COLLABORATE ON, INVESTS IN SELF AWARENESS / WORLD AWARENESS, THE ABILITY TO ARTICULATE THOUGHT.  IT BUILDS COMMUNITY, EMPOWERS EMPATHY, ENCOURAGES EXPLORATIONS OF IDENTITY, TEACHES A FINE-TUNED CURIOSITY AND WONDER FOR THE NOUNS OUTSIDE OF YOURSELF, OFFERS TANGIBLE & INTANGIBLE SKILLS, MATERIAL KNOWLEDGE, AND MANIFESTS VENUES TO SHOWCASE THESE DISCOVERIES AND SHARE THEM WITH OTHERS.

 
 

ART EDUCATION

GIVES US INSIGHT

INTO HOW OTHERS HAVE, 

AND ARE, LIVING OUT THEIR

PORTION OF THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE, 

AND GIVES US PERMISSION

TO DO THE SAME.

 
 

LARGE SCALE INSTALLATIONS...

AMONG THE MANY THINGS AN ARTIST MUST BE COMPOSED OF, HERE ARE TWO IMPORTANT ELEMENTS THAT GO INTO MY PROJECTS :

 

ELEMENT 1. THE INSIGHTFUL, IMAGINATIVE, AND ADAPTABLE CAPACITY TO SEE INTO HIDDEN WORLDS AND CRAFT INNOVATIVE PROJECTS THAT ARE DEEPLY ENGAGING, EXPANSIVE IN IDEATION, AND WILDLY CREATIVE.

ELEMENT 2. I ALSO HAVE A REFINED SKILL SET TO LOGISTICALLY ENUMERATE AND FACILITATE SUCH PROJECTS THROUGH CLEAR BUDGETS, ATTENTION TO SAFETY PARAMETERS, TIMELINES, ASSISTANTS, AND A THOROUGH EXAMINATION OF THE SCOPE OF WORK AND ALL THAT IT ENTAILS.

 

 

HAVE A GREAT IDEA FOR A FUTURE PROJECT?

LET'S START THE CONVERSATION...

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS - GALLERY SHOWS - MURALS - RESIDENCY PROGRAMS - OTHER?   

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WORK HISTORY


WORK HISTORY


WHO I'M WORKING WITH...

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS - GALLERY SHOWS - MURALS - RESIDENCY PROGRAMS - OTHER

I HAVE THE GREAT HONOR OF CREATING EXHIBITIONS, CREATING GALLERY SHOWS, FULFILLING ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCY PROGRAMS, PAINTING MURALS, AND COLLABORATING ON COMMUNITY PROJECTS WITH SOME OF THE COUNTRIES MOST WELL RESPECTED CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUMS, PROGRESSIVE GALLERIES, DEEP HEARTED NON-PROFITS, DEDICATED COMMUNITY CENTERS, GENERATIVE BUSINESSES, AND INNOVATIVE SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES. HERE ARE A FEW OF THE WONDERFUL PEOPLE I AM CURRENTLY COLLABORATING WITH, OR HAVE PARTNERED WITH IN THE PAST.

MASSACHUSETTS museum of contemporary art, MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART DENVER, MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO, INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART BOSTON, THE NEW CHILDREN'S MUSEUM SAN DIEGO, MAUI ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER, MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS, CALIFORNIA CENTER FOR THE ARTS, CHILDREN'S MUSEUM DENVER, LUX ART INSTITUTE SAN DIEGO, OCEANSIDE MUSEUM OF ART, PARC FOUNDATION NEW YORK CITY, THE NEW SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, POINT LOMA NAZARENE UNIVERSITY, NBC ~ NATIONAL BROADCASTING CORPORATION, KPBS PUBLIC BROADCASTING, CREATIVE MORNINGS SAN DIEGO, THE BAY - LINCOLN NE, SVPER ORDINARY GALLERY - DENVER CO, SUBTEXT GALLERY - SAN DIEGO CA, RE:GALLERY - CARLSBAD CA, Manor house quarterly, SEZIO - ART & MUSIC 501(c)3, HOLIDAY MATINEE - HIGH PROFILE BLOG, YELLER ARTIST COLLECTIVE, MONIKER WHARE HOUSE, THE GARAGE CREATIVE CO-OP, SUSHI PERFORMANCE CENTER, 32 NORTH BREWING COMPANY, THE BAKERY DESIGN STUDIO, COFFEE & TEA COLLECTIVE, KEYNOTE COFFEE, AKINZ SHOP, ILLUMAN APIARY, SAN YSIDRO COMMUNITY CENTER, SOUTHERN SUDANESE COMMUNITY CENTER, SOUTH BAY COMMUNITY CENTER, LGBT CENTER HILLCREST SAN DIEGO, SHERMAN HEIGHTS COMMUNITY CENTER, THE MUSEUM SCHOOL, ATLAS GALLERY GREELEY CO, INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE, SAN DIEGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, WELD COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT, HIGH PLAINS LIBRAY DISTRICT, THE CITY OF GREELEY, THE SAN DIEGO FOUNDATION, INSTITUTE OF MUSEUM AND LIBRARY SERVICES, NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS, AS WELL AS OTHER ORGANIZATIONS, BUSINESSES, AND FRIENDS.


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