"I am a fact. Deal with me." That's how one Oregon artist and former college instructor described the underlying voice of my artwork. Through oil paintings as well as found-object/mixed-media "junk sculptures", I unite unlikely elements, constructing characters and scenes that can raise as many questions as they answer. Aided by strong color, disjointed themes and stark imagery, my works embrace a mix of humor and horror. Through photography I've focused on abandoned, forgotten and otherwise overlooked places, including former military bases, prisons and reform schools, cemeteries and urban districts. Some observers have deemed certain of my works terrifying, while others have called the same pieces whimsical.
I am a lifelong artist, career journalist and occasional stage performer who lives in Corvallis. I am a member of the Corvallis Art Guild, and I sit on the exhibit committee at the Arts Center. I have belonged to two cooperative galleries (including Art in the Valley) as well as several informal artist groups. My work has been shown in small galleries, coffeehouses, bookstores, tattoo parlors and even a bakery called Psycho Donuts since the mid-1990s in cities including Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco, Alameda, Sacramento and San Jose, California; Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska; and Corvallis.