Type of artist: Oil-based pastels, chalk, crayon, pencils, charcoals, X-rays -- you name it!
Residence: Oakdale (rural Valley Home)
Daily job: Deputy executive officer in the Stanislaus County chief executive office
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Family: Wife, Debra; children, Hans, Evan and Emma Claire
Background: I grew up in the Bay Area and moved to the valley to be near extended family in the early 1980s. I was involved in collage art and mural design early -- gravitated to oil-based pastels and multimedia pieces later in life.
Arts experience: Self-taught. It's an avenue to release stress and to do some free thinking.
Advice for young performers/artists: Just have fun. Rules are great, but they have their place. Often, the process is more fulfilling than the outcomes. It's OK to color outside the lines -- heck, remove the lines!
Favorite art: I really like the modernist/modern art modes. I like big -- the bigger, the better.
Life plans: Do great public work, use technology to inspire and change social injustices.
How do you reach people unfamiliar with the arts? I share my studio with visitors. Involve the casual artist with the joy of creation and creativity!
What would surprise people about your art? My lack of discipline. I live a very disciplined professional life. My art allows me to live on the other side now and then.