I started to paint after the millennium, mainly inspired by a life changing experience in the Himalayas of Nepal. Up until then, I had been a world traveler and change maker in big business — focusing on supporting the sustainability journeys of large corporations. The combined experience of colors, systems, connections, and relationships in both experiences created a desire to express myself in a different way. This led me to a short stint exploring colours with Stefan Baumann in Saratoga, California —a plein aire artist and host of the PBS series, The Grand View.
Expanding on this training I spent time with other artists in the San Jose Citadel Studios with mentors, compatriots and great musician/artists like David Krase — learning, expanding my skills and appreciating the possibilities of art to further express my passions. I have always been inspired by established artists like Katherine Kodama and Cecily Brown.
I have a undergraduate degree in Environmental Health and graduate degree in Public Health and Community Medicine from University of Washington in Seattle. I have also had intensive study in the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco, California and Singularity University in Palo Alto, California. Today, I am a very proud father of a little girl and live in Brussels, Belgium, working for the 175 year old fashion retailer C&A.
When I started oil painting, I sought to create a window into the variety of emotions that I have experienced when confronted with something larger than myself. In my work, I strive to express these emotions through flowing movements, impasto techniques, colors, and textures. Over the last 10 years I have evolved a variety of techniques, starting with knives in plein aire, to a combination of spray, drip, brushwork, to compounding beeswax with pigment in multiple impasto layers. I am motivated by change and how it can create new opportunities in my artistic expression.
My most recent work stylistically focuses on how we either compartmentalize or escallate our emotions when faced with change caused by situations larger than ourselves.