Not gonna lie, I'm just not good at this marketing shit. Writing about myself, my life, my work - yeah I'd much rather just do it than ruminate on it. Feels like homework. But what was it Socrates supposedly said about the unexamined life?
Inspiration sparks creativity, and both are ephemeral. I learned this a few years back during a sub-optimal period of 'under-employment'. Freed from the routine of the commute and the hours at the office solving design problems for other people, a strange thing happened - I started doing my own artwork again, which I hadn't really done since joining the workforce after attending Parsons School of Design in NYC in the 80's.
My Dad worked in the bicycle industry so my brother and I grew up racing BMX. After moving back to SoCal I somehow landed my dream job as art director at GT Bicycles, pretty much the top BMX/Freestyle bike company of the time. I spent a total of 13 years there, and they still use the company logo I designed in 1990. Ten years designing motocross gear at Answer Racing followed a stint as AD at Symbolic Wheels, one of the early high-end modular car wheel brands, and currently I'm Creative Director at Yoshimura R&D of America, the industry-leading manufacturer of premium motorcycle exhaust systems.
As I mentioned earlier, between my last and current full-time positions I rediscovered the joy and satisfaction of doing my own personal artwork again, and the creative obsession hasn't let up. What you see here on this website is a sampling of some of the mischief I've been up to . . .
My automotive photography is an ongoing project. I'm a car guy, so I'm never too far from a cars and coffee event or concours d'elegance somewhere around SoCal, or making the trip to car week in Monterey. As you can see, I'm drawn to the neglected, rusted hulks, the barn finds and the junkyard dogs. My focus is often narrowed to a few square inches of real estate on a car where man, nature and time, in a collaboration totally unique to every vehicle, have conspired to create gorgeous compositions of form, color and texture for me to document.
Painting is somewhat of an alien activity for me. In fact, I hadn't completed an actual painting on canvas, well . . . ever, until doing the ones seen here, over the last couple of years. Why not? I've always kinda been intimidated by it I guess, the same way a writer might be when faced with a blank page in the typewriter. If you know me then you know I have the fairly common male pattern red-green color blindness. Sometimes I have no idea what color I'm looking at, which makes it impossible for me to duplicate that color with paint. So with these paintings, I figured I'd try operating with my own set of color rules, and I love it!
Industrial Symmetry is what I call these otherworldly technological hellscapes. Often beautiful, yet simultaneously terrifying, these abstract compositions depict alien space stations, derelict floating factories and strange machinery of unknown origin and purpose. Doing these definitely satisfies my sci-fi geek tendencies.