"SOLITUDE"

watercolor and ink / 11x 30 inches

I was born in Riverside, California then moved to Prescott, Arizona with my family when I was twelve. I went to the UofA directly out of high school, soon transferred to NAU and have been calling Flagstaff, "home-base" ever since.

Art has always been a part of my life, whether in school or just in the form of ideas and images in the background of my mind. It wasn't until my early twenties, when I started living and working as a river guide in Grand Canyon, that my artistic expression found a direction and started making it's way into the foreground of my life. I have worked with acrylic, oil, pencil, charcoal, pastels, pen and ink and watercolor. I have also experimented with sculpture, ceramics and tile and glass mosaics. More recently, I have become proficient in graphic and web design.

When I started guiding, in 1997, the thought of painting Grand Canyon was as overwhelming to me as the view itself! On my first river trip, I brought with me my ink pens and watercolors. Watercolors were really my least favorite medium to work in, but I figured they would be the easiest materials to transport since they don't take up much room or make a big mess. Slowly over years, I developed my own way of combining watercolor and ink that satisfies my need to be detailed, bright and precise.

My growing desire to create and my compounding experiences in nature, predominantly in Grand Canyon, are directly related to each other. I have lived thousands of days in this place that is one of the most amazing on our planet. Much of my inspiration is drawn from these experiences. Inspiration not only comes from the wonders we see with our eyes, but from the emotions felt while being in such a stimulating and formidable environment and of course, the beautiful people that share in these moments. In choosing Grand Canyon as my primary subject, I have been challenged and rewarded with skills, techniques and a method that is truly my own. In the last few years my subject matter has expanded. I've adapted my unique style to my work inspired by time spent in Utah, Costa Rica, New York and San Francisco.

I am blessed to have spent so much time in a communal wilderness setting. This lifestyle has enabled me to view our connection to the planet and to each other in a way that is often overlooked in our current culture. As our societies continue to consume for consumption's sake and our environmental, economic and political issues seem to only magnify, I am again inspired to take my art to the next level. I want to communicate more than just beautiful landscapes. Through my art, I want to help people SEE that our time here is more precious than we could have ever imagined. I want to help people SEE that we are a part of a magnificent whole and that we are not separate from each other or the universe that provides us life. When we begin to become aware of our own "connectedness" then we can begin to heal our own pain and suffering. This of course affects our personal relationships and every other aspect of our life and moves us towards the healing of our planet. Through sharing the gift of art and how I choose to live my life, I can affect people in a profound and positive way. This is my passion, my purpose and my practice- every day.

After fifteen years of full-time river guiding, I am shifting my focus to my art. I need time and space to explore and experience other places that will fill me with joy and creativity, even if it is just in the privacy of my meditation room. There is magic and inspiration to be found everywhere and in every moment. It is a beautiful thing, and I am just happy to be a part of it.