I was born and raised in Oregon, just outside of Portland. “Keeping Portland Weird” is not just a bumper sticker or a new phenomenon. So, I guess it was not surprising that after a college degree in Art, I began a twenty-two year career in law enforcement!
I was a Detective for twelve years. During that time I was a forensic artist. As a Detective, I also worked with child abuse victims for six years. I gained a new perspective on joy and resiliency from these children. My goal was to try to reflect these feelings in my work.
My paintings are done in acrylic which gives me bright bold colors to complement the simple shapes. My paintings are a reaction to super-real paintings that look like photography. These painting, though technically impressive, leave little room for the viewer’s imagination to participate.
So in my paintings I make a conscious attempt to flatten and skew things. Some surprises in perspective, changes in shadows and shapes, all contribute to the fun. I am most pleased when I see people smile at my work.