Paintings

Biography

I was drawn to music at an early age. Being musically inclined, I began playing French Horn as a child. I played in both the El Camino youth symphony and school orchestras.  Focusing upon my musical expression, I was continually seeking progressive techniques which lead to my interest in electronic music while in high school.  In my university studies at San Jose State and Sonoma State University, I went on to study electronic music composition.

In 1988 I then went to work for Sam Francis, the noted abstract expressionist painter.  A long standing and close friendship between myself and Sam’s children had been established early on in childhood. This trusted relationship with Sam’s family and close circle of friends would prove to be instrumental in the pivotal change of direction in my future.  Sam Francis invited me to work as his studio assistant in Palo Alto where he was painting a large commission, 20 ft by 40 ft mural,  for the new united government building in Bonn, Germany.  I would have the honor and unique experience of working side by side with this extraordinary artist on a daily basis. Sam would prove to be an important influence in my segue into painting, an incomparable mentor and a cherished friend to me over the years to come.

I felt priviledged to be in the studio while Sam worked. I vividly recall helping him with buckets of paint and painting tools, taking photographs and archiving this period in time. It was truly an expansive experience working for Sam.  Sam moved me down to Los Angeles into his big studio in Venice where I had free access to paint, paper and canvas. I started painting and writing less and less music. I picked up technical aspects of painting, and Sam’s sense of freedom and release while he painted and I was captivated by his love of pure pigment and his vibrant palette.

One thing I realized while working for Sam was that with music and painting the experience might be in a different sense but the expression is the same.  I turned fully to painting over 20 years ago and I felt then as I feel now that finally I found my place in the world. I am a painter and I love the daily challenge of working through problems of composition and palette and finding deeper meaning in the interaction of color and form as well as the constant flow of problems and challenges met with some form of resolution be it right or wrong.

 

AFFILIATIONS:

 

George Billis Gallery , Los Angeles

2716 South La Cienega Blvd

Los Angeles, CA   90034

(310) 838-3685

http://www.georgebillis.com

 

George Billis Gallery , New York

525 west 26th Street Ground Floor

New  York, NY 10001

(212) 645-2641

http://www.georgebillis.com

 

Bluerider Art

10F No 25-1,

Sec 4 Ren’ai Road

Taipei City 106, Taiwan

+866 2 2752 2238

http://www.blueriderart.com

 

Sandra Lee Gallery , San Frasncisco

251 Post Street

San Francisco, CA 94108

415) 291-8000

http://sandraleegallery.com/

 

Art Dimensions

13636 Ventura Blvd.

Unit # 307

Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

310-433-8934

http://www.artdimensionsonline.com/

 

 

EDUCATION:

 

Sonoma State University , Electronic Music composition 1984-86

San Jose State University , Electronic Music Composition 1986-89

 

PUBLICATIONS:

 

Art Ltd. – November 2015

Falvorpill – August 2008

Artwork – October 2007

Ions Noetic Sciences review – September 2003

 

 

 

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