Storytelling has always been central to my life. As a kid, I picked up the guitar and discovered that I visualized sound and could hear the story the notes and chords wanted to tell. By age twenty, I was a professional musician and songwriter touring extensively through the United States and Europe. My lyrics have been the subject of university academics, I’ve contributed songs and music to movies and television shows, and have produced ten albums.
My storytelling expanded into other mediums, including short stories, and then I spent several months living at a Japanese Zen monastery. The profound effects of that experience altered how I observed the world and communicated. Though I’d drawn for years, the monastery led me to painting. As with my music, my paintings tell visceral stories, deliberately left open-ended so that viewers may find their own intimate meanings within. My canvases range in size and most are painted with acrylics. For the past few years, my focus has been on the juxtaposition of figurative and conceptual motifs against abstract backgrounds that lead into the mysteries at the heart of my work.