Artist Bio

Born and raised in Quincy, Massachusetts, I received a BFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1985, and then moved to New York City to pursue my art career.  In 1995 I received my MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  I moved to North County San Diego in 1996 and have been living, working, and exhibiting here ever since.  I taught one year post-graduate at UCSB and while in San Diego I taught part-time at Palomar, Cuyamaca, and Southwestern College.  I worked in construction for over 20 years, I have been a lifeguard for 30 years, and I am currently the Director of the Solana Beach Junior Lifeguard Program. In 2003 I received a California Arts Council Grant in the Visual Arts, and in 2007 I received the StartUP Award from the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego.  I was selected to the Djerassi Resident Artist Program in the fall of 2014.

Artist Statement

My art is about the intersection of an individual and an institution.  The place where things are exposed, negotiated, and solved.  My art is about questions, even when it implies answers.  It seldom deals with rules or their enforcement.

My art is about communicating content.  I am a storyteller whose language is objects and images.  I make things that take great care to produce, so that the forms function as delivery systems for subject matter.

My art is about keeping it all together; a shield against entropy.  Making art is my process of trying to understand the world.  I explain the world to myself in language that is meant to remove myself from the explanation.

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April 13, 2014