About Me

My life as an artist has been shaped by both conscious and unconscious aspirations for love, and fear, and death. Dreams and reality that meet in my mind’s eye; visions that I struggle to put onto a working surface in hopes that it conveys who I am and who I want to be.  We all transform but we are not who we started out to be…for the child is indeed still within the man, but he is not the child that “was.” What matters, should matter, is that we want to see our lives reflected in dynamic shapes, colors, and future aspirations.

I am an artist working and living in Sonoma County. I do lithography, drawing and mixed medium constructions. I was born in Texas and I come from a migrant farmworker background. I have been doing gum Arabic paintings on paper, aluminum and lithographic ink. The meaning of the work has many levels but the most obvious is renewal, transformation, something dying to be born again; the cycle of life, both physically and symbolically.

 

EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE
CSUSF San Francisco, CA / Secondary Teaching Credential / 1982
UC Santa Barbara / Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts with emphasis in Painting / Printmaking / Education / 1977
Lanzcape Studio, Sonoma County, CA / Master Printer / 1991-2009
Polygon Artworks Group, Oakland, CA / Master Printer / 1987-91
The Ernest E. de Soto Workshop, San Francisco, CA / Printer / 1985-86
San Francisco Unified School District, San Francisco, CA / Teacher / 1982-84

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
Art for AIDS / San Francisco, CA / 1999-2016
Art for Life / Sebastopol, CA / 2001-2016
15th Annual Latino Art Auction / MACLA / San Jose, CA / 2006-2016
Arts Advisory Committee / The Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA / 1994
Board of Directors / La Raza Graphic Center, San Francisco, CA / 1986-90

AWARDS
Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Honorable Mention, Healdsburg, CA / 2012
Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Merit Award, Sebastopol, CA / 2006
Artistans, Merit Award, Mill Valley, CA / 2003
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Inc., New York, NY / 1993
The Kalamath Falls Best in Show Art Award, Kalamath Falls, Oregon / 1990
Bank of America / Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Art, Fresno, CA / 1972