I'm currently 35 and live in San
Francisco, which I have called home since 1997.
I used to be a writer. When I was 20, I was working
as a clerk at a discount store in Ann Arbor where I used to
sell a lot of cigarettes. One of our jobs was to break down
the cartons of cigarettes after stocking the shelves, and
then flatten the cardboard for recycling. Underneath the main
counter, I found a bag of partially dried out colored pens.
When the day would get slow at the store, I would pull out
the flattened cardboard and dried out pens and trace the colors
around each other until all the white space was gone. I kept
writing after this but from then on, I pretty much became
I moved to Prague after graduating college to
live out the bohemian existence for a little while, which
turned out to be a little more difficult than I expected,
especially for someone moving from sunny Southern California
to a place where I only saw the sun five times in three months.
After running out of money and not even Amnesty International
letting me volunteer, I spent what little money I had left
at a little art store in Stare Mesto, buying some canvas panels,
few tubes of paint, and a couple paintbrushes. I spent the
last month there painting as brightly as I could in my dark
room in my flat, only taking time out to be with my girlfriend,
play with the pomeranian who lived in the flat with the nice
couple that rent the room to us, and try to sell my paintings
on the Charles Bridge (which the police didn't appreciate
I moved to San Francisco in 1997 and painted
in my apartment, where the small space and my two cats created
a slightly confining atmosphere. But I fell in love with this
city, and what was only supposed to be a temporary move now
appears to be a little more permanent.
I've worked in five different studios in San Francisco since 2001, including above a carpet store, under a furniture store, in a friend's garage, in an old brewery, and now out of my own garage. While I make the occasional t-shirt, postcard, and magnet/button, I focus mostly on oil paintings and needlepoint. My style tends to change fairly often, as this technology age has destroyed my ability to focus for too long and I have to remain interested in what I do.
I show around the Bay Area primarily and have sold more than 70 pieces over the past 8 years. My work is currently in fine collections around the world, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Phoenix, Denver, Oakland, Reno, Detroit, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Pittsburgh, Richmond, London, and Prague.