My art derives from a lifelong habit of free-flowing ‘mark-making.’ I began my artistic life with Crayola crayons, doodling on paper, the family room carpet, the walls of my bedroom, and the TV screen. Later in life, I moved on to canvas, then pixels, and now back again to canvas. I’m indebted to Wassily Kandinsky, Yayoi Kusama, James “Dalek” Marshall, Keith Haring, Pablo Amaringo and Fred Tomaselli, as well as Arabic calligraphy, Huichol Indian "yarn paintings," and Australian Aboriginal paintings “dot paintings.”
My vocabulary is essentially that of lines, dots, squiggles, and biomorphic and geometric shapes, exploring notions of harmony and cacophony. The word “psychedelic” is often used in describing my work; The term itself can be taken to literally mean “mind-manifesting.” Given that, I like to think of it as “psychedelic non-objectivism.”
My most recent work is moving in two slightly related directions; the first is influenced by images one might see in Science, Discover, or Scientific American (e.g. topographic maps or color-enhanced microscopic photography), the other something of a cartoonish form of quasi-Arabic. I see these streams coming together in the near future. I’d like to see some larger-scale works come out of this creative phase.
I was born and raised in Maryland suburbs. Although a fancied myself an artist in my youth, I did not pursue it seriously after high school. I always had an 'art bug,' but I lacked vision. The Vision finally came to me in the pre-millennial tension of 2000, and I've been working off of it ever since.