Seattle based painter sculptor / madman

See my latest work

Visit my latest exhibition at Catalyst Fine Art Gallery located inside

The Lodge at St Edward State Park.


Bird Whisperer

My Process

Often my paintings start with an idea that is spontaneously drawn with chalk on and old painting that I no longer love. Like 16th century graffiti, next to cave paintings 20,000 years old in a cave in France, or an old ship with peeling paint in Viet Nam that reveals its under layers of history. That is the real beauty to me, to find the random ageing process on objects that enhance the original work. It may take years to surface but I know when it reveals itself. When I think a painting is almost finished, I bring it into a special viewing area in our home to live with it and study it. Sometimes it stays 10 just minutes and returns to the easel. My wife of 50 years, Sally, has a great perspective. With a Masters of Arts herself, she understands what I am trying to capture. We discuss the new work and if she says it is done, I mostly listen.  If the painting still engages me and I can’t improve it, I know it is finished.

The older I get the freer I have become willing to try new directions, unafraid to paint over an old painting or just use my fingers or a screwdriver to make a mark. I try to have a dialog with the physical properties and letting natural moments happen without total control. Combining that with careful stokes of a brush, sometimes dipping my fingers and letting paint fly off the fingertips of my glove. I have cut large paintings in half after twenty years and given it a new life! There is a balance between order and chaos that is difficult to recognize.

The chaos mixed with control is a contradiction I pursue.

Birds of Spring

Current exhibition at Catalyst Fine Art Gallery – For thousands of years birds have been recognized in the sacred wisdom of ancient cultures. They play a central part in many creation myths and are seen as messengers, often associated with the journey of the human soul after death. I often have birds whispering in my ears.

Burnt Trees

A collection of artworks inspired by my experience visiting what was left of a neighborhood after a wildfire had ravaged the area. I was profoundly moved by the experience. While there I collected ash from the ground which I later used, mixing with pigments, to create a series of works to echo my experience. These are my representations of the depths of the burnt out remnants of trees, along with the renewal that would soon come from the ashes.