I was raised near the gulf coast in Beaumont, Texas, and spent a lot of time with my mom’s extended family who had beach cabins that they helped each other build. Nothing fancy, mostly just one or two room cabins on stilts that were right on the beach front. That would be a luxury now, but not then. Favorite remembrances include swimming, playing beach volleyball, and later surfing. Our moms made fabulous family feasts with the fish and crabs that my cousins and I caught. My memories are rich with love, laughter, and, of course, a fair share of pathos.
All of these emotions I carry with me now in connection with nature, the ocean, and a utopian vision. Never venturing far from the seaside, I moved to San Francisco in 1981, and have been in Marin county since 1987, except for six months in Hawaii a few years ago.
Art was always my favorite subject in school, and i was offered an art scholarship when I graduated from high school. However, the fear of being a starving artist drove me to get a degree in mathematics with minors in art and sociology from Lamar University. Perhaps reflecting these diverse inclinations, the over-arching narrative of my current work, Smuggler's Cove, includes three series combining representational and abstract images that are all based on nature.
I continued my art education at the University of Houston, San Francisco Art Institute, UC Berkeley, College of Marin, and numerous workshops in the bay area. My studio is in Greenbrae, California.