I earned a professional degree in architecture and worked in the field for nine years. Although I succeeded modestly in the building field I struggled with deep mental strife which eventually lead me to pursue fine art.
In 1984 I hit rockbottom literally experiencing a life threatening accident and I was restricted to a wheelchair for seven months.It was then that I reviewed my life and began to pick up the pieces and trudge forward returning to work.As I was influenced by the suggestion from my doctor I began to paint full time in 1988. It is from my personal experience of deep emotional trouble and despair that I draw a wealth of ideas,intergrating cultural references,myths,literature,art history and philosophy into my surreal allegorical paintings. My work reflects many influences from artists of the past such as Rembrant, Rousseau,Magritte,Rodin and others.On occasion I will place an iconic figure from a Rodin sculpture or a Rembrant painting into my narrative bringing the past to a contemporary expression.
I present to the viewer a situational poetic state of being providing an opportunity of personal interpretation and reflection as I strive to speak to you what I have learned from the trials and tribulations of my life.To me communication to the other is thrilling and the essence of human conduct and humanity amid the animal kingdom.