I've always had a passion for creating art and in 1989 I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the University of North Texas. Since then I've been an occasional freelance illustrator and have incorporated my drawing skills into my other work whenever possible.
This installation, entitled ‘Richmond Gate’ was exhibited at the 2018 InLight Richmond Exhibition on the grounds of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibition organizer, 1708 Gallery, described the theme in this way: "InLight 2018 will focus on ideas of Community. Recent editorials have described two Richmonds. “RVA” encompasses revitalization, creativity and growth. “Richmond” is divided, challenged, and struggling. Artists are invited to consider this dynamic and to imagine an ideal community—ONE Richmond."
The Richmond Gate invites viewers to consider a small sampling of Richmond’s long history using the words of the city’s own inhabitants, both past and present. Viewers interact with the installation by walking around and through it, and by touching the artwork’s fabric sheath to reveal the shadowy words and shapes formed by the gate’s interior lights.
This 2005 installation was part of the Norfolk Botanical Garden's 'Treasure Island' exhibit. The task assigned to designers for this competition was to interpret an theme or element of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island in a landscape installation. Inspired by the character of Benn Gunn, a castaway stranded for years on the island, I created a small hideaway where Gunn could keep watch over the island and leave mysterious clues for anyone who found his hidden lair.
In the early 90's I worked for a year as the store artist for the Ann Arbor Tower Records store. Using airbrush and foamcore, I converted CD and VHS cover art into large 3D displays.