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Horticulturist, Chef, Stay-at-home Dad, Teacher, Artist
BFA- Art Ed., BFA- Studio Art, M Ed.; MFA
I teach Visual Art and Film at an IB school. I work in all forms of artmaking- currently Process/Reductive Abstract Art.

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ABOUT ME

I am a visual art and film teacher at an IB school. This is my 4th career- I was a horticulturist, an executive chef, a stay-at-home dad, a teacher and an artist.

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.

BIOGRAPHY

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.

TECHNIQUE

I engage with my paintings through a process of additions and reductions, making marks and then removing varying amounts of those marks. I use a multitude of tools to make my marks and an equally diverse set of tools in my reductive mark making. When applying marks, I employ acrylic paint, different types of glue (tinted and straight from the package), textural media such as chalk, talc, and paper, through the use of brushes, palette knives and putty knives, pill bottles, cups, and wheels. My reductive tools include an angle grinder, power drill with a variety of attachments, an orbital sander, files, knives, wire brushes, sponges, hoses, duct tape, and anything else that fits my purpose.

Typically, this process involves the application of a layer followed by a reductive layer, then followed by an application layer and so on. Each additive mark or reductive mark is made based on what is currently on the surface. I look, step back, and make choices such as shape, color, placement, intensity, etc. as a response to the aesthetic condition of the current stage of the painting in front of me. Often, I have so many layers that some of the “interesting” components never get revealed. This requires me to be OK, and even revel in the chance nature of the process. The most exciting part of the process is having the painting reveal itself to me and when it tells me it is done. Sometimes I feel the painting looks finished and excites my aesthetic sensibilities, however I have an intuitive nagging telling me there is more to be revealed. Some of the best works in this body have come from paintings I have struggled the most with.

EXPERTISE
AWARDS

 

2009                      Best Poem by and Undergrad- University of North Texas

2007                      The Arts Gallery- Collin College: Honorable Mention Stop and Go

2005                      Artworks Inc.: All Media Show- Honorable Mention Lone Pear

PAST EXHIBITIONS

Juried Shows:

2010                      500 X Gallery- Relief

                               Cora Stafford Gallery- Pre-Arranged

2007                      The Arts Gallery- Collin College: Honorable Mention Stop and Go

2005                      Artworks Inc.: All Media Show- Honorable Mention Lone Pear

                               Fraser Gallery Pretty Please

2003                     Torpedo Factory Zebra

Invitational Shows:

2020                      Viridian Gallery, NYC- Uncertainty

Two Person Shows:

2017                      Alexander Breast Gallery: Works in Progress

2005                     Uptown Gallery: Bart Dluhy and Tom Krusinis

Solo Shows:

2018                    The Cove: Second Hand

2005                      VCU Health System Hospital: Still Life, Purchase for Permanent Collection- A Roma

Gallery Representation:

2018                    The Cove

2006-2012            U-Gallery

2004-2006          Uptown Gallery

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