Bio/CV

Omnia Vincit Amor

Love conquers all. So wrote the poet Virgil more than two millennia ago. Art has that power. To transcend time and space and connect with a being far removed from it’s creation. Being a photographer is a way of distinguishing and interpreting the world. Distilling an endless series of moments into an expression of truth, into an image that speaks to someone. In my art the creative atmosphere is this; desiring to translate existence into still frames. To stop time for a moment and look, at this life, at this dream we love so deeply.

Born in Venice Beach, Ca. and raised between Los Angeles and the wilderness of the Los Padres National Forest north of the Ojai Valley, my work is a fusion of the urban experience and the insights afforded by the natural world. Focusing on issues of identity, spiritual quests, visionary experiences, disability and inner states as physical relationship with environment, my work is often in the subtle way of a person who has had to keep their life and their knowledge secret.

A lucky break got me started in the professional world in 1999 when I was hired as the full time manager for a photography studio with photo lab and custom darkroom at the age of twenty-two. Enthusiastically accepting every opportunity and advantage that came along, within a short time, I was 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.

After more than a decade of my professional career, my body gave out. I could no longer lift a camera. I lost the ability to walk. I spent years in extreme pain, disability and significantly bed bound. And yet, I still could not give it up. It’s impossible to summarize this experience and the way it has impacted and changed my life in every way, on every level. I continue to find my way forward and integrate photography into my current way of living.

Exhibitions

Group

2018 “Healing By Art: After the Fires” Santa Rosa Arts Center, Santa Rosa, Ca.
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

Solo

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