My Journey

India Ink and Pen
India Ink and Pen

My journey allowed me to travel, study abroad, indulge my passion for art, culture, religion, architecture, and more. I was a Professor of Painting, Drawing, and Metals at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California for over 27 years. My work has been shown around the globe but by the early 2000’s my health challenged me to continue working from my home. I could only imagine, as I still do today, all the things I have seen and experienced.

Struggling with hospitalization, confinement, nursing homes and finally assisted living/skilled nursing, I have lived and experienced things deep and profound. When I could no longer move freely, my work became strong, edgy, painful, dark and transformative. My pen and ink work of the 1090’s and early 2000’s reflect my pain and growth. Everything is about transformation from the darkest of places, to thoseĀ of love and life.

 

Narrative Symbolism

India Ink and Pen
India Ink and Pen

I often use recognizable shapes, object and symbols to identiy my feeling or situation. Then I move to concept which are reflective of my beliefs so that I may speak of what I know. I believe that if you have something to say as an artist, you must speak from yourself. It is this expression which emanates from my classical training as a fine artist but is no longer confined by it.

Pen and Ink

India Ink and Technical Pen on Paper
India Ink and Technical Pen on Paper

To work only with black and white demands total concentration and focus to achieve a range of intensity in revealing the “color” of an object. Over time, the objects emerge from the paper. Slowly, the paper unveils what is to be where.

There is not place to hide when working in black and white. Years of art training allows me to set myself free and explore methods, images and emotions in a bold and visceral way. I must keep the whole composition in my mind as the work evolves and becomes real. At the same time, I must focus on one dot of ink at a time.

This massive technical endevor can only be accomplished through intense channeling of all that I am, all that I feel, all that I have learned, all I must be, and all that has come before me.