Art Connects

Last weekends open studio was a success. Thank you to everyone who came, and to those of you that contributed your time and effort with the event.

One of the paintings to find a new home ended up in a therapist office in Santa Rosa. She agreed to let me share this image, and about whom she is here. The painting is called “Forest of the Mind”(Is there a coincidence it ended up in her office?) The clients name is Sharon Davis and she does Somatic therapy. Her phone number is (707) 299-8596. Sharon came to my studio and connected with the work thinking it might go well in her office. Once I brought the painting over, the decision to keep it was pretty instant. Almost magically the work looked like it was made for the space. Once the work leaves my studio, it has what I call a second life.


What’s next? I’m beginning works related to my experience as a boy living for 2 years on the island called Kwajalein. I’ll be sharing works in progress about this.


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You’re Invited! Open Studio – This coming Valentine’s weekend

Come visit me in my studio this weekend to see my latest works. During your visit enjoy a glass of wine. Complements of 
PARO wine. The studio will be open this Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15-16 between the hours 11am – 4pm. Directions below.

Studio Address:
24 Tenth Street, Suite E
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Take College exit off Hwy 101.
Head west to Cleveland, Turn Left.
Go two streets to 10th street.
Parking available on corner.
Call if you can’t find me (707)478-8150

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Why create with mixed media?

During different parts of the day, if you walk in to my studio, I may look dressed for the apocalypse. You’ll see me wearing a gas mask, and then you will quickly notice the pungent smell of a chemical agent that you’re not quite sure about. If your still there after I look up I will come over to the open door, lift up my mask, and let you know that I am not creating a biological weapon for the government, that instead I am using a certain glue to bond other material into my artwork.

As an artist my work is somewhere between painting and sculpture. Sometimes I will just paint, but mostly I love using mixed media. Working with various materials allows for more possibilities and play. Something that is fun is going to the salvage yard and searching for interesting things. One of the signature items I put in my work was found on a trip to the junkyard. I almost didn’t see it as it was buried under a half inch of water, mud, and rusted metal. I tend to be on the watch for new and unusual materials.

Using mixed media takes a willingness to risk a little more. You have more elements that you are bringing together. Sometimes the combinations don’t work; yet I have found something in the process will be illuminated for further consideration, and may end up in future work. Whether it’s metal, sand, glass or other media, for me this becomes a way of expressing emotion that includes a tactile experience.
Making art is a way of sharing yourself, whether consciously or unconsciously I believe the work represents who you are being at that moment in time. Working with mixed media adds complexity. I enjoy adding layers and creating depth within the work. Like our lives my work is multifaceted, the past is covered up, yet if you look closely you will see places of what was once there. There are hidden gems that may be partially revealed. Like us we may cover up what is unique and beautiful, and only reveal that at certain times. This metaphor works beautifully regarding the heart.

I am opening up my studio the day after Valentine’s Day, the weekend of Feb. 15 & 16. Sat-Sun 11-4 each day. Please put it on your calendar to come visit me, have a glass of wine, and see my latest mixed media works, which include images about the heart.

PARO Wines will be providing the wine. Also meet the winemaker, Patrick Murray on Sunday, Feb. 16th

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