I have been interested in art since I was a young child. My mother is an artist, and she had her art books lying around for me to explore. Growing up in Washington, D.C., I had access to and would visit the museums frequently. I can remember copying works by Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Hopper, Salvador Dali and others around the age of 11. In high school, I would spend my study hall in the art room working or helping the teacher with the equipment and supplies.
In 1983, I began working as a horticulturist dealing with annual/perennial gardens, trees and shrubs, houseplants, aquatic ponds and gardens, and landscape construction. Eventually, I worked my way up to general manager of a few landscape companies managing large shopping center grounds and commercial/residential landscape design, installation, and maintenance. I won the mayor’s award for the best landscaping for a hotel in 1989.
Starting in 1991, I worked in the restaurant business and quickly rose to executive chef. I worked for several, high-volume restaurants, independent and multi-unit operations, in the Washington, D.C. area. I designed and created seasonal menus and opened four new restaurants, including one in Jack Kent Cooke stadium. I was the Washington, D.C. Bartender’s Ball food chairman for two years in a row. I ran booths at many food festivals in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.
After my first daughter was born, I left the restaurant industry to become a stay-at-home father and eventually go back to school to earn two bachelor’s degrees. From 2012 through present day, I got a job as an art teacher at a brand new, International Baccalaureate school in McKinney, Texas. I developed the course outlines and curricula for the Visual Arts and Film courses. I eventually became the Fine Arts Department Head, and the Service-Learning Coordinator. I created the school logo/mascot design, served as the Character Development Chairman for several years, and was awarded teacher of the year for 2018. During this time, I completed two master’s degree programs in education and art.
I have been making art for a long time and exhibiting and selling my art since the early 2000s. My current body of work is abstract/non-objective that grows from an additive/reductive layering process. I begin by making marks using different media and tools, and then removing/reducing certain areas to allow previous layers to show through in different spots. This process goes back and forth between additions and reductions until the painting lets me know it is done. The artists that inform my current artmaking process are Elliott Hundley, Julie Mehretu, Gerhard Richter, and Mark Bradford.
My hobbies include riding motorcycles, fixing anything I can get my hands on, woodworking, playing guitar and writing songs, writing poetry, cooking, gardening, and training animals such as dogs, horses, zorses, zedonks, zebra and even a black bear. I mostly create paintings, but I have experience in jewelry, ceramics, metal casting, printmaking, photography, installations, conceptual art, welding, and glass work.