Artist Statement

Since 1999 I have been producing photographs of man-altered landscapes, focusing on California’s metropolitan communities. The photographs I make are an inquisitive perspective that explore the relationship between urban topography and nature-based geography.  These photographs have been a way for me to compare the elaborate systems that are found in nature with the complex systems we create within our society to invent structure and control.

My photographic research into what is urban, and what is natural has lead me to consider my relationship to both environments. The tension between culture and nature is a direct result from the dominant impact human contact has had on our surroundings and atmosphere.   Aware of the exaggerated manipulations we as humans place on our environments, I have chosen to print my work using heightened colors.  This extreme use of color is also inspired by the distinctive yet varying amounts of color I find in the scenery and locations where I make these photographs.  The deliberate rendering of a specific vantage point references my interpretation of these concepts and concerns. The placement or juxtaposition of each image is carefully considered in order to stimulate ideals, beliefs, or maybe even memories for the viewer.


Selected Solo Exhibitions
2015 Urbanism Studies Modified, Vintage Berkeley, Berkeley, Ca.
2010 Big Score Juncture Retrospective, Triptych Gallery, San Francisco, Ca.
2008 Solo Mini Show, SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, Ca
Light and Dark, Secret Gallery, Berkeley, Ca
Urbanism Studies, The Quarterly at Latham Square, Pro Arts, Oakland, Ca.
2001 Dichotomies, The H. Lewis Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland
1999 My friends and bands I like…, Aquarius Records, San Francisco, Ca.
1996 Environmental Observations, B&L Designs, Campbell, Ca.
1994 A Female Photography Exhibit, Stormy Leather, San Francisco, Ca.
1993 Look Within, IMRU, Los Gatos, Ca.
1992 A Triptych Photography Exhibit, Vertigo, Los Angeles, Ca.
1990 Kiss My Ass Good bye, 836 Highland, Los Angeles, Ca.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2012 Art Murmur- First Friday-Uptown Gallery, Oakland, CA
2009 The 40th Street Cut, Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, Ca.
2007 New Visions, Pro Arts, Oakland, Ca.
Two Artists, Gallery 555, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, Ca.
The Landscape Exhibition, Moldova Young Artists Association, Oberliht, Moldova
2006 Transient, Art Space, Montauk, New York
Summer, Annex Gallery, Amagansett, New York
2005 Ballybaba, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, Ca.
2004 Close Calls: 2004, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, Ca.
2003 untitled until..observation and documentation, WORKS / San Jose, San Jose, Ca.
2002 Tribes of Neurot Art Collective, Crucible Steel Gallery, Cell Space, San Francisco, Ca.
Site Unseen: Urban/Suburban/Rural, Olive Hyde Art Center, Fremont, Ca.
2001 The Art of Collecting, Sonoma Museum of Visual Art, Santa Rosa, Ca.
Present/Tense: MFA Graduates, University Art Gallery, Sonoma State University, Ca.
Open Studios, In Color II, San Francisco, Ca.
WEST{ERN}, X Gallery, San Francisco, Ca.
MFA Exhibition 2001, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, Ca.
2000 Silent Nights, 143 poplar, San Francisco, Ca.
Fabricated to be Photographed, Calumet Studio, San Francisco, Ca.
Summerland, postandbeam, San Francisco, Ca.
Journey of a Thousand Steps, ARTSHIP Foundation, Oakland, Ca.
Crossroads Art of Revolution/Art of Rescue, Mc Beam Gallery, SFAI, Ca.
1999 Retrogressing Terrastock, National Travelling Photographic Exhibition
The Trestle At Pope Lick Creek, The Studio at Theatre Rhinoceros, San Francisco, Ca.
Spring Show and Senior Exhibition, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, Ca.
Postcard Show, Four Walls, San Francisco, Ca.
1998 Big Deal, Herbst International Exhibition Hall, San Francisco, Ca.
Art Auction, Arts Benicia, Benicia, Ca.
SFAI Staff Exhibition, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, Ca.
Pre-teenage Wildlife,111 Minna Street Gallery, San Francisco, Ca.