Through art I try to capture and reveal the spirit of nature and environment. Using both oils and watercolors and typically working from my own photographs, I have painted representational landscapes. I am currently using watercolors to produce abstract images featuring the interplay of colors and the magic of paint left to find its own way. The results are often unplanned and impressionistic, and after the paint has settled the images reveal themselves to me. What I see in a work and what comes to my mind as I select a title is personal and subjective, and might be serious or humorous. In a way, the abstract images are another form of representational art. After completing a work, I live with it for a while, gazing at the image, seeing how it affects me and going over potential titles until something works for me. The images are open for interpretation, and I invite you to let the works inspire you.
Born in San Bernardino and raised in Los Angeles and Whittier in Southern California, I have lived in the Avenues neighborhood of Salt Lake City since 1979, when I completed my Master’s Degree program in Library and Information Sciences at Brigham Young University. I am a happy husband, father, and grandfather. My wife Christine and I are the parents of three children and grandparents of five grandchildren. I have devoted most of my life to service in my local church congregations, including a variety of leadership roles. About 8 years ago I began to make art again, picking up what I started in my high school and college years but then set aside to pursue professional life. After a long work career with the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I retired in 2017. I am now using some of my time in retirement to make art. I enjoy studying history, and my wife and I and our family participated for many years in a 19th century historical reenactment group. Christine and I continue our interest in local history by serving as docents in the Beehive House downtown.