Born in Venice Beach, Ca. and raised between Los Angeles and the wilderness of the Los Padres National Forest, my work is a fusion of the urban experience and the insights afforded by the natural world, focusing on issues of identity, spiritual quests and inner states as physical relationship with environment.
Raised in Buddhism and Taoism by parents of Cuban, Puerto Rican, Irish and English settler/colonial decent, I was taught very early on to observe the world without judgement and to cultivate understanding through compassion. This was contrasted by the extraordinarily abusive family dynamic which resulted in severe traumatic memory loss, split personality and depersonalization.
Reconciling abuse, trauma, truth and rebirth inherent in the subjective and in the conditioned reality with philosophical teachings and visionary experiences, my work is often in the subtle way of a person who has had to keep their life and their knowledge secret.
I started my career with a lucky break working as the manager for a photography studio with photo lab and darkroom when I was twenty two. Accepting every advantage and opportunity that came along, within a short time, I began photographing portraits and events and exhibiting my work.
My fine art exhibitions have been landscape, nude, mixed media and documentary projects. I have presented at Brooks Institute about writing as it relates to visual artists, served as juror for the photography branch of the Ojai Arts Center and collaborated with the Ojai Arts Commission and local organizations, businesses and galleries to establish an arts grant.
2013 “Group SC 2009” Medium Festival of Photography, San Diego, Ca
2010 “Autumn Lights” Pershing Square, Los Angeles, Ca
2010 “Group SC 2009” MOPLA – MINARC/Gallery Skart, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, Ca
2010 “FADA LA Art Show” LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, Ca
2009 “Freedom” Firebird Plaza, Ojai, Ca
2007 “Strength Is Beauty” Valley of the Moon Gallery, Ojai, Ca
2007 “Strength is Beauty” Ojai Art Center, Ojai, Ca
2006 “Liberation” Secret Location, Ojai, Ca
2006 “Flowers Within” Upstairs Ghost Gallery, Ventura, Ca
2005 “Cow and the Moon: A Traveler’s Photographs” Ojai City Hall Gallery, Ojai, Ca