So a little about me and my work.
My muse is the modern environment, cut with roads, subdivided, walled in, electrified, and slathered with makeup. It's the one we've built for ourselves and don't always want to look at, but must, in fresh ways. As the sci-fi novelist Philip K. Dick (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), who for a while lived down the road from me, explained, "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away."
While I work hard to keep it real, I don't want to bash you over the head with realism, naturalism, or anything else the camera can convey better than paint. I look for the poetry and strange beauty in everydayness, and draw inspiration from such wide-ranging stylings as Italian neo-realism, film noir, abstract expressionism, the Ashcan School, art déco, brutalism, and Russian constructivism.
I'm a sucker for middle grounds and intermediate zones where human culture and nature meet and intermix, where things get grey and hard to categorize: the "urban jungle," a graffitied wall plant matter has attacked, electrical wires buzzing through trees.
Land, and the landscape, is endlessly dramatic to me. We play on it, we fight over it, we seize it, we measure, systematize, socialize, stage, gentrify, ignore, romanticize, poison, contour, tame, and make art with it.
One of my rules is to try never to be bored with my art. And so mucking around with new materials and approaches is conceptually important. I paint in watercolour, ink, acrylic, aerosol, and oil. Sometimes I combine these, work in collage or graphite, add earth or ash, or even use extreme heat as a paintbrush. At other times, too much freedom overwhelms me and I go Zen, pushing just one medium and a few colours to a point of transgression.
Beyond painting, I sculpt in various industrial materials (iron, concrete, cardboard), write fiction (these days an historical novel about a priest, courtesan, and dwarf in 16th-century Florence), translate from Italian/Spanish to English, and play the violin very badly.
Before dedicating myself to art professionally, I was a plasterer, computer programmer, and high school teacher.
Born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, I currently reside with my spouse and our two girls in Los Angeles.