Bio: American, b. 1955, Long Beach, CA, United States, based in Seattle, WA, United States
I don't like to give an artist statement because it undoes the premise of my work, trompe l'oeil painting. Literally from the French, trompe l'oeil means “trick the eye”. An artist's statement might undo the fundamental aim of convincing the viewer, at least for a moment, that what he sees are actual objects and not a painting. The basic rules of trompe l'oeil painting are that objects are rendered in real scale, and totally within a shallow painted space. This type of painting has always been a minor branch of realist painting, but with a very long history. The Athenian painters Xeuxis and Parrhasios in 5th century B.C. (as told by Pliny the Elder in his Natural History) and Roman murals of the 2nd century A.D., 16th century Dutch vanitas painting and the 19th century Philadelphia School painters, Harnett, Peto and Haberle, are examples. Today there are still trompe l'oeil painters around; I am happy to be one of them.
Born in Long Beach, CA, 1955 Studied at University of Nevada at Reno and California College of Arts and Crafts (B.F.A, 1978)
2010-16 Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, WA 2009 -15 Hidell Brooks Gallery, Charlotte NC 1996-2015 Vail Village Arts, Vail CO 2003 Wood River Gallery, Ketchum ID 1996-2009 Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery, Kirkland WA 1994-95 Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery, Kirkland WA 1993 Louise Matzke Gallery, Mercer Island WA 1989 Mannville Gallery, Reno NV 1988 Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, Reno NV 1987 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artist's Gallery 1986 Two Illinois Center Gallery, Chicago IL 1985 J. Rosenthal Gallery, Chicago IL Bruce Velick Gallery, San Francisco CA 1984 Heller Gallery, Berkeley CA CCAC Graduate Center Gallery, Oakland CA
SELECTED GROUP SHOWS
2010-15 Anniversary Group Exhibition, Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seattle, WA
2015 "Go Figure", Hidell Brooks, Charlotte NC
2014 "Animal in Contempory Art II", Stremmel Gallery, Reno NV 2008 10th Anniversary Group Exhibition, Hidell Brooks Gallery, Charlotte NC 2008 Korea International Art Fair/Gallery Yemac, Seoul Korea 2008 Invitation Exhibition of Contemporary Art in Shenzhen, Guangdong China 2008 “Rock, Paper, Scissors” Stremmel Gallery, Reno NV 2005 “Introductions” Stremmel Gallery, Reno NV “It Ain't Necessarily So” Davis & Cline, Ashland OR “Honey, I Shrunk the Art” History of the World Gallery, Camano Island WA 2004 “Art of the Violin” Bellevue Symphony, Bellevue WA “Honey, I Shrunk the Art” History of the World Gallery, Camano Island WA “The Art of Science” Arts Council of Snohomish County, Everett WA “Art of the Garden” Arts Council of Snohomish County, Everett WA 2003 “Honey, I Shrunk the Art” History of the World Gallery, Camano Island, WA 2002 “Bumbershoot Biennale7: Portrait Project” Seattle WA “Honey, I Shrunk the Art” History of the World Gallery, Camano Island, WA 2001 “Mixed Summer Group Show” Finelot Gallery, St. James, London “Honey, I Shrunk the Art” History of the World Gallery, Camano Island, WA “Adventures in 3-D” Pacific Science Center, Seattle (traveling exhibit) 1996 “Tromp L'Oeil and the Like” Joan Roebuck Gallery, Lafayette CA 1985 “Dallas Collects” Concorde Bank Gallery, Dallas TX “Light and Heavy Light/Contemporary Shadow in the Visual Arts” University of CA, Davis, Bruce Velick Gallery, and Gensler Associates, San Francisco CA
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Herbert S. Adler, Scarsdale NY Paddy Dooley, Glendale, AZ Brobeck, Phleger, and Harrison, SF, CA Rabinow Collection, Houston, TX Cloud Fire, Seattle, WA Graham Gilliam, Houston, TX Emesa Corporation, NY, NY DiRosa Reserve, Sonoma CA Kirkland Performance Center SD Deacon, Bellevue, WA Laura Westland Realty, Kirkland, WA TianYuanfang Advertising Co., Shenzhen, Guangdong, China Gallery Prova, Tokyo, Japan I.M.S. Corporation Icon Grill, Seattle, WA McDonald's Corporation Mecca Trend, Kirkland, WA Pacific Science Center, Seattle, WA Jon and Mary Shirley, Medina, WA Walker's Jewelers