3 Community Park Road
Broomfield, CO 80020
These Collages were created using Children’s picture book jackets (the integrity of the book itself was not harmed in the process). My sources of inspiration are threefold. First of all, I work as an Early Childhood Special Educator for the Boulder Valley School District. I have been teaching now for over 13 years and consider it a privilege to have a positive impact on the lives of young children and their families. Secondly, I am a proud father of three children and do my best to be a role model to them. It is not an easy job, but certainly the most rewarding. Finally, I am a two time cancer survivor and have, within the past five years, developed a strong need to create honest art work that shares my deep belief in the importance of Childhood and the feeling of hope.
There were moments during my treatment in the spring of 2010 that I felt an absolute peace and calm. All my circumstances were difficult – felt like crap, looked like crap, couldn’t sleep, couldn’t focus for more than five minutes at a time, financial strains, etc… regardless of all this, those moments of peace and calm could carry me over to the next day, the next week, or the next month. It’s hard to describe and I don’t think I need to in words. My wife and kids played an incredible role in bringing this peace and calm and this series of collages hopefully highlights this. This collage series also exists because of my belief in a loving God who cares for us, even in our worst days.
I utilize my paintbrush or pastels as tools to create a story within my paintings. In our busy world we never get the opportunity to look at the details. I put those details into my paintings so everybody can enjoy their beauty. Even though I paint realistically, when I paint an object larger than it is or I take a very small section of an object and paint it, the realism can become abstract.
The beauty and intricacies of everything around me inspires my work. Even the smallness, most mundane item can have beauty. If I tell a story within the painting that can evoke a feeling in the observer then I feel I have done my job.
In my paintings I concentrate on the relationship between the shadows and the light. I enjoy painting the sun as it shines through the flower as a warm glow in my acrylics, or as it glimmers on a lake in one of my pastels.. Color is another way I try to transport my observer in to the picture. My colors are vivid and and strong in my acrylic work. For the most part I make the color and feeling in my pastels one of serenity.
My art gives meaning in a hectic world around me. It is my form of meditation. I paint for the sheer joy of painting, for the emotional high it gives me. It is my way of expressing who I am to the world.