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Like many artists, I draw and paint people, places, and things that inspire me. I am also a musician and a social worker, which leads me to create artwork celebrating people who have made the world a better place through their art and/or advocacy. Although I studied Fine Arts and Jazz Studies, I ultimately ended up with a Minor in Jazz Studies, a B.A. in International Studies, and an M.A. in Social Service Administration. This change in majors allowed me to study art in music in a different way – as a vehicle for social justice and cultural preservation.
I often use the skills I learned while in Art School in terms of composition, anatomy, texture, color, negative space, etc., but really approach each piece in terms of how everything relates to each other. For example in the picture to the right, I’ll look at the angle and distance of the bottom of Miles’ ear vs. the trumpet mouthpiece. I am particularly interested in how I can use negative space, texture, and composition to move the viewer’s eyes to certain parts of the piece. I also try to use these elements to capture the energy the musician is making in the moment or the positive energy created by someone who is enlightened.
I have done art shows in Eugene, OR., Chicago, IL., Grand Rapids, MI., and Kalamazoo, MI. My regular job keeps me busy and Covid has limited in-person shows, but I have tried to stay creative and active online. I use multiple mediums and can do customized work. I have also been playing drums for 30 years and enjoy writing and recording music in my home studio.