"Juvenile Imperator" 2018, Novato CA. 14 x 17 inches
Once, on a night dive, I saw a juvenile angelfish just about an inch long. I will always remember how amazed I was when I learned that as an adult it looks completely different.
"Hot Air Balloon" 2018, Novato CA. Ink on Paper, 14 x 17 inches
Inspired by the hot air balloons that float around wine county
“Peyote Dreams” 2018, Novato CA. Ink on Paper, 14 x 14 inches
The shape of the peyote will always present a worthy canvas to me
“Floating Bird” 2018, Novato CA. Ink and pencil on Paper, 8.5 x 11 inches
The penciled silhouette shape of the cormorant bird comes from a photo I took on Lake Merritt, I then drew around it.
“Splash Your Color” 2017, Novato CA. Ink and color pencil on Paper, 9 x 12 inches
Just an all-out color assault on the clean white paper. Nothing in mind but playful shapes, color, lines… No orientation, no start, no finish…
“Floating Asterisk” 2016, Novato CA. Ink on Paper, 9 x 12 inches
Abstract figure surrounded by some sort of asterisks…
“Red Flower” 2014, Novato CA. Ink and color pencil on Paper
The ever present flower, in reddish tones.
“Green Flower” 2013, Oakland CA. Ink and color pencil on Paper, 9 x 12 inches
A playful abstract takes the shape of a flower, kind of.
“Orange Lines” 2013, Oakland CA. Ink on Paper, 8.5 x 11 inches
Abstract figure… I still have not figured out why I like this one, but I do.
"Mouthful" 2010, San Francisco CA. Color Pencil on Paper. 8.5 x 10 inches
"Servilleta #7" (Napkin #7) 2004, San Francisco CA. 5 x 5 inches
From a series of bar napkins drawn at Cafe Zoetrope
“Kiss the mola mola” 2003
Abstract sketch that ended up looking like an old man kissing some sort of mola mola looking fish.
“Icono Maya” 2003, San Francisco CA. Ink and Charcoal on Paper. 8.5 x 10 inches
“Dyak Mask” 2002, Guadalajara Mexico. Ink and color pencil on Paper. 8 x 8 inches
I once found some photos that my father took of various ceremonial masks from the Dyaks of Kalimantan in the island of Borneo in Indonesia. I took the mouth on one with the eyes of another and made my version of a Dyak mask. I find them strikingly intense and love the simple and basic red, black and white colors.
“Manta” 2001, Bali, Indonesia. Ink on Paper, 6 x 8 inches
I once saw a manta ray come out straight up, full body, out of the water. It was such a WOW moment for me that it inspired this sketch on a notebook that I later scanned and now looks like this.
“Dutch Flowers” 1999, Amsterdam NL. Color Pencils
Made it while living in Amsterdam, practicing with color and inspired by Dutch flowers.
“Sarcofago de Pacal” 1998-2001, San Francisco CA. Ink on Paper, 8 x 10 inches
This one took me a while, and it’s mostly a practice of detailed replication. I was taking many classes on art and history of Mesoamerica and the lid to the sarcophagus of king Pacal in Palenque was one of my favorite examples of Mayan art.
“Cross of Confusion” 1995-99, Indonesia/San Francisco CA. Ink on Paper, 8 x 10 inches
Inspired by the heavy symbolism that crosses convey. Drew it while traveling over a year in Indonesia. I begin to work with very thin point black ink pens.