Born and raised in Malibu, California, my childhood years were spent beachcombing by the edge of the sea. In the summer, sand dollars littered Zuma Beach, in the winter, strong north winds blew back the sand revealing watches, rings, tarnished coins and miscellaneous treasures left behind by summer sunbathers. There was driftwood after storms and delicate, inky-black shark egg pouches. We were always on the lookout for hand-blown, brightly colored glass globes wrestled from their fishing nets in the Sea of Japan. These elusive glass balls were rumored to float all the way across the Pacific to the tidepools off Point Dume. Nature revealed her beauty and it was free for the taking.
My earliest memories were digging in the soft, cool sandy hill next to our garage in Ramirez Canyon, flying down the dry grassy hills on cardboard carpets and dirt clod fights with my brother. I remember my father slaughtering a steer and hanging it from its hind legs in the huge sycamore on his ranch called Schaganappi.
My experience has always been dominated by visual impressions of the natural world. I have gained my greatest pleasures from interpreting these sensations in the arts of photography, drawing and painting. Several summers in residence at Appalachia’s Penland School of Arts and Crafts gave me additional printmaking, bookmaking and ceramic skills. But it was a collage/assemblage workshop at Otis College of Art and Design where I began to explore a more powerful expression of my inner poetic visions in assemblage constructions. Found objects, juxtaposed in surprising ways, could subvert reason and bring to the forefront subconscious associations, meanings and metaphors that express my response to contemporary life.
Having found my voice, I speak what must be said, what lies just under consciousness. After years of searching on my artistic path, I have found myself once again on the shores beachcombing. Now it is the shores of experience I tread and the treasure is discarded objects once loved, now abandoned. It is a kind of consumer recycling program, where psychologically, all things are considered.