Public Artist ~ Teacher ~ Fabricator ~ Consultant

Public Artist - Sculpture - Found Art -
                                             
and other fun little things...

4th & Cherry Parking Lot – Bike Racks, Planterboxes, Benches   

Description: Working with a Neighborhood Business Organization
to create this unique greenspace. I designed, fabricated arranged
and installed Bike Racks, Planterboxes and a repurposed 1957 Edsel
Stationwagon. I was able to create space for 34 bicycles.


Art Park Entry Gates
Description: Working in partnership with fellow artist to design,
engineer, fabricate and act as installation supervisors for 300sq/ft
steel entry gates for new downtown Long Beach Art Park. I was also
part of the team that initially identified this parcel as a potential park
site, as a team we gathered together the partners that eventually
allowed for the creation of this multiuse arts/greenspace.


Sunset Bus Shelter
Description: As an Artist Team; initiated the concept and approached
Westside (downtown) Neighborhood Group, Long Beach Transit, RDA
and DLBA for partnership. The Artist Team walked this project
through the many meetings to assure that it would be loved by the
community; that it had appropriate funding, and permitting to come
to fruition; and that It would be engineered to be safe and secure as
a public art structure for many years to come. The project turned out
to be a good pilot program that LBT has used to go forward with
further artist enhanced bus shelters throughout Long Beach.



The Gift
Description: Guerrilla installation on top of an abandoned sign-post (the
corner of Elm and 1st streets in Downtown Long Beach). I conceived,
built and installed this message of hope (a supplicant hand holding a
rose in offering) in a spot that at the time was a run-down and disused
parking lot. A slide was taken By Jorge Pardo, the then public arts manager
at the PCA and was shown in a slide show at “The Americans For the Arts”
symposium titled “Arts on the Edge, new paradigms in Public Art.”


Sun Spot Bike Rack
Description: Working with several community and municipal
organizations including RDA (Long Beach Redevelopment Agency),
DLBA (Downtown Long Beach Business Associates), Long Beach Riders
Coalition and LBTA (Long Beach Transit Authority) designed, fabricated
and created these bike racks with all considerations to bike safety,
security, space available (footprint/pedestrian impact on the cityscape)
for Various locations in downtown Long Beach.


Spider In A Fountain
Description: This piece was a large “spider floating on a leaf” in the
fountain at the LB Performing Arts Center – Fountain Pavilion. It was
created as part of Smithsonian Week for Long Beach Arts Council.
Based after a local, very common spider it measured 14 feet long and
about 5 feet wide.


Welcome To East Village Billboard Mural
Description: Hand painted billboard. My playful design was chosen
from a list of 4 others to be painted and installed as part of a
burgeoning arts district sought to establish its identity.



Whole World in your hands... Bike Rack
Description: Working with several community and municipal
organizations including RDA (Long Beach Redevelopment Agency),
DLBA (Downtown Long Beach Business Associates), Long Beach Riders
Coalition and LBTA (Long Beach Transit Authority) designed, fabricated
and created these bike racks with all considerations to bike safety,
security, space available (footprint/pedestrian impact on the cityscape)
for Various locations in downtown Long Beach.


Leaf & Vine Bike rack - for Environmental Charter High School
Description: I designed and created this Bike Rack specifically for the Environmental
Charter High School in Lawndale CA. I found a very durable coating that
is not only attractive but is extremely eco-freindly.


3Rooster3! - Switch Gear Box Mural

Description: I was commissioned by a neighborhood organization and a municipal
office to create this painting to cover a switch gear box in downtown Long Beach.



Bird Of Paradise Gate for private residence

Description: Trellis and Gate created for private residence. Trellis is 8 feet tall,
gate is 5' tall. It is wired for electronic entry.





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ARTIST STATEMENT:

For me successful art offers if just for a moment, something new, something beautiful or something that at least offers a pause to the constant chatter of the brain. A nudge to the viewer, a quiet tap on the shoulder to remind us that there are spirits in our architecture, in our physical world and an infinite interest to be held within each moment. “Infinity in a grain of sand” (to maul a Blake quote). In my own work… I try to make these gentle confrontations whimsical, humorous or unexpected in some way.

I have a great interest in creating eco-gentle work. Sustainability in the design and creation of work is vital - to me this means, where possible: best/greenest practices in fabrication and coatings; using materials/resources that are repurposed or recycled; and creating easy-maintenance work.

I feel a tremendous, deeply spiritual connection to our earth and work to nurture that connection, through frequent hikes, my current study of healing medicinal herbs & plants, and working in my own organic garden… this time to me is extraordinarily important for staying in touch with my own sanity and in fostering a stronger sense of connection and creativity.



PUBLIC ART:
I have run the gamut of Public Art projects, from entirely self-funded, highly regarded and viewed “Non-Sanctioned Public Art Projects”; to being deeply involved in administrating – community input meetings, finding and pursuing community partners and funding, Municipal codes and permitting processes; to winning competitions and completing work on time for installation. I pride myself on being able to work well with all partners in the process, being on budget and delivering on time.



TEACHER:
I currently teach Sculpture at Otis College of Art/Design (and through private lessons). I tend to get an amazing mix of professional artists and up-and-comers. This is an incredible experience for me: I love to teach; I love the thrill of having a student see the endless possibilities of our craft; I love having students come to me with a design, and through dialog with the whole class discover the best way to fabricate the work. We all encourage the best design and fabrication methodologies. I also offer apprenticeship opportunities to qualified and interested individuals.



FABRICATOR:
I work with several other artists locally in the creation of their own work. Often these relationships develop into really great collaborations.



CONSULTANT:
I am available to help others with the realization of their own work. I have over 20 years of working in this industry and have collected many good resources, tricks of the trade, and material knowledge for all levels of Art creation.



ARCHITECTURAL:
I create high-end large-scale functional art pieces for private residences and business; Railings, banisters, gates, firepits and more. I will often be expected to work within city codes and to work with architects and (Interior, landscape, etc) designers. 

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I can be commissioned. 
Architectural
metal / art work.




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