I am a mixed media artist who combines digital photography and printmaking with collage and assemblage to create objects that give the impression of coming from another culture or time. I am inspired by the patterns in nature, alternative cultures, and primitive art including pictograms and petroglyphs from around the Southwest.
Most of my work originates as photographs of rocks and similar natural forms. But rather than attempt to create a perfect print of my photos, I see the shapes they contain as a starting point. I study these images for patterns, then build collages out of various papers, symbols, and texts to emphasize the shapes, texture and mood of an individual photo.
I then print the original photos on top of the resulting collages, blending these real and imaginary worlds. Finally, I add assemblage elements – including sticks, stones, beads, bones, feathers, fibers, and metals – to add dimension: both to the physical work, as well as to its layers of meaning. When done, I leave it to you to play the roll of archaeologist, studying the resulting artifact for clues of when and where it came from, imagining what purpose it served for the unknown culture that created it.
I have written several articles about my process, including this one about my piece Seeking to Understand. I was also interviewed on Good Day New Mexico; you can view it online by clicking here.
I also encourage you to follow me on Facebook, as that is where I post work in progress, invitations to events, and further descriptions of my process.
Exhibits & Discussions:
Spirit of the Horse at New Mexico Art League, March 22-April 25. NMAL is locaed at 3409 Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque, NM (behind the library). Any proceeds from my sales at that show will go to benefit New Mexico Horse Rescue at Walkin N Circles Ranch.
Collage Show at Sacred Arts Gallery, March 30-May 29. The gallery is part of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 431 Richmond Place NE, Albuquerque, NM
What Makes a Serious Artist? I will be part of panel discussion on this subject as part of the ART (Albuquerque Roundtable) Discussions at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History Sunday April 13, 3:00 – 4:30 PM. The museum is located at 2000 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM; say you are attending this talk and admission plus parking will be free.
Featured Artist at The Gallery ABQ, May 1-26. I'll be at the reception the evening of Friday May 2. The gallery is located at 8210 Menaul Blvd, NE, Albuquerque, NM.
I will be the featured speaker at the Rio Rancho Art Association's May meeting, illuminating my process and talking about art in general. This meeting will be held on Wednesday May 14 at 6:30 PM in the Community Room at Don Chalmer's Ford, 2500 Rio Rancho Blvd, Rio Rancho, NM.
The Paa-Ko Fine Artists Show, May 3 & 4. The show will be held at the Paa-Ko Events Center, 232 Paa-Ko Drive (on the road to Paa-Ko Ridge Golf Course) in Sandia Park, NM. This will be one of the larger displays of my work, including some older rarely-shown work.
The Gallery ABQ | 8210 Menaul Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110 | Tel: 505.292.9333
Work is also available direct from the artist, with complimentary ground shipping within the Continental US.
See the slide show of images above for the current status of each piece.