I was born in Los Angeles, CA in 1970. I live and work in Port Townsend, WA.
I create imagined, utopian places with watercolor and India ink.
Why I Paint:
The focus of my work, in the studio and in public spaces, is to encourage people to take a moment out of their busy lives to see things in a new way. In my paintings, subjects and objects flow together seamlessly. Buildings, people, rivers, roads, machines and plants are interconnected and subtly remind viewers that we all share this planet and are interconnected as well.
While my work is decidedly ‘upbeat’, I include tension, explosive energy, and chaos as well as harmony, stability and repetition. These opposing forces serve to energize the landscapes and hopefully viewers as well.
How I Paint:
I turn on some music, sit down with a blank sheet of watercolor paper and choose whether to begin with black ink or watercolor paint. I do my best to leave my thinking mind out of the process. When I’m relaxed and in a mildly meditative state, enjoying music deeply, lines or shapes flow smoothly and comfortably and the painting begins to take shape.
For my purposes, watercolor and ink are Yin and Yang – Apparently opposite or contrary forces that are actually complementary, interconnected, and interdependent. Both dry quickly and allow for extensive layering. After each pass of paint or ink, I stand back, and let my brain percolate on what’s next. I heartily enjoy watching pieces evolve slowly and steadily as the layers build up. This is always progressing on many paintings at once in my studio and can last for an evening, a week, or years.
C/V – Selected Exhibitions/Performances:
2015 – “A Step Felt In Full” Joint Art and Music Exhibition with Tim Biskup at Slow Culture Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2015 – Artist in Residence, The Ace Hotel, Palm Springs, CA (February)
2014 – Site Specific Mural Exhibition, 4’ X 36’ Mural, Better Living Through Coffee, Port Townsend, WA.
2012 – Site Specific Performance, Big Butter, Martha Otero Gallery. Los Angeles, CA.
2009 – “Playground” with Woody Dennis, Lee Katzenbach, Jesse Joshua Watson, and Jason Gould. Northwinds art Center, Port Townsend, WA.
2007 – Port Townsend Film Festival Poster Artist
1986 – Present – Collaborative project with Tim Biskup. Big Butter, The Experimental Music, Art, and Performance Duo of Mike and Tim Biskup. Music and Art releases and performances.
1993 – BFA, UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA
Board Member and Instructor at Port Townsend School of The Arts – http://www.ptschoolofthearts.org
Private instruction available.