I am interested in the very micro community, those individuals that play a huge role in the local economy and are our cultural essence. I am exploring the way we judge each other and how that affects our interactions within and between communities. Working with the public, the unseen become seen, the haves see the have-nots, the displaced connect with the establishment.
Drawing and painting are the foundations of my work.
Each project is unique in medium and message different. I have collaborated to create short socially informative videos, projected ‘guerrilla like ‘ onto implicated spaces, parking lots, oil rigs, in malls and cargo containers. Playful, cultural animations (Barbershops) now a part of the shops fabric. Video and braille Installations (Blind Video), portrait drawings and figurative pop-ups (OPEN, Long Beach, 2015) They all visualize and engage the different aspects, relevant to specific notions around the underrepresented. Recently as a result of a public art initiative (ALOT) I have self funded the rented shopfront as studio in North Long Beach and as I work the community is becoming engaged in my process of Art making as a new dialogue. The community influences my work, pushing me as an artist, activist, creating new, relevant work.
I have been working as an artist for over 15 years, exhibiting in Museums, galleries and public spaces nationally and internationally, as a Painter, Drawer and Digital Media Artist.
I have participated in Artist residencies in China and Turkey, and at the Helene Wurlitzer foundation in Taos, New Mexico.
I am a public artist gaining many grants, both public and private.
I have been teaching in Higher Education for over 15 years.
Long Beach, CA 90814