Artist

 

I am the second youngest of six kids, raised in Northern Utah. My mom encouraged us to appreciate detail and create art—she is an artist. My brothers all became engineers, though artists at heart. I became an artist but an engineer at heart. Weight, wood, erosion, ceiling tile, decay, growth, light, and movement inspire me.

My love for oil paint started while getting my BFA at Utah State. I do work besides oil—including photography and graphic design—but I prefer the permanence of oil paint to temporary design. It's probably my vanity, but I love the idea of a painting as a treasured object, interacting with and impacting people for years.

I like the way paint feels, the look of it. If I'm painting a tree, I'm not trying to make the painting look like a tree; I want it to look like paint—to never forget that it is paint. I like how primitive the process is. I use hair tied to a stick to spread oil mixed with plants and dirt on cloth.

In the past I've focused on natural landscapes. I love how natural scenes aren't tied to any time or human era. No person arranged the rocks that fell from the cliff into the surf or decided on the layout of the shrub-oak in the foothills. Since we moved to Paris and back to San Francisco, I love painting cities, objects, and portraits along with landscapes. Experimenting and painting light, color, and texture have become my focus.

 

Education + Workshops:

B.F.A. Utah State University, 2000
Kamille Corry Workshop, 2003
Paul Davis Workshop, 2004
Jonathon Canlas, Film is Non Dead, 2008
Michael Workman Workshop, 2009

 

Exhibitions:

En Plein Air, April 2011 - Elliot Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA

Open Studios SF, Oct 2010 - San Francisco, CA
Let Them Eat Cake, Sept 2010 - San Francisco, CA
Sonoma Plein Air, May 2010 - Sonoma, CA
One Man Show, Feb 2010 - Studio Gallery, SF, CA
Dixie Invitational, Feb 2010 - Sears Art Gallery, St George, UT

California Miniature Show, Nov 2009 - First Street Gallery, Turlock, CA
Open Studios SF, Oct 2009 - San Francisco, CA
Landscape, Sept 2009 - Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Napa Art Festival, Aug 2009 - Napa, CA
Masters of Influence, 2009 Invitational - Lovetts Gallery, Tulsa, OK
Los Gatos Plein Air, May 2009 - Los Gatos, CA
Sonoma Plein Air, May 2009 - Sonoma, CA
Dixie Invitational, Feb 2009 - Sears Art Gallery, St George, UT

Two Person Show, Nov 2008 - LH Horton Art Gallery, Stockton, CA
Open Studios, Oct 2008 - Belcher Studios, San Francisco, CA
Plein Air, June 2008 - Thanksgiving Point, Lehi, CA - Merit Award

Open Studios, Oct 2007 - Belcher Studios, San Francisco, CA
Terrain, June 2007 - Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Sonoma Plein Air 2007 - Sept 2007, Sonoma, CA
Arcadia, April 2007 - Friends of the Urban Forest, San Francisco, CA

Open Studios, Oct 2006 - Belcher Studios, San Francisco, CA
Sonoma Plein Air 2006, Sept 2006 - Sonoma, CA
Cityscapes, August 2006 - Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Beach, July 2006 - Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Belcher Artists Spring Show, May 2006 - Belcher Studios, San Francisco, CA
One Man Show, April 2006 - Apple Frame Gallery, Bountiful, UT
LDS Church Museum 7th International Art Competition, April 2006 - Salt Lake City, UT
Large Works Show, Feb 2006 - Apple Frame Gallery, Bountiful, UT

Small Works Show, Dec 2005 - Apple Frame Gallery, Bountiful, UT

Two Person Show, Sept 2004 - Apple Frame Gallery, Bountiful, UT
Spring Salon - Springville Museum of Art, 2004, Springville, UT
Eccles Community Art Center 30th Annual Statewide Competition, 2004 - Ogden, UT
Deseret News Landscape Show, 2004 - Salt Lake City, UT

Spring Salon - Springville Museum of Art, 2003, Springville, UT
Deseret News Landscape Show, 2002 - Salt Lake City, UT