I was born in Los Angeles, California. Airbrush has been my primary medium for over fifteen years. Aside from my formal education, I was highly influenced by my travels to Israel, Europe, and particularly India where I was inspired by Jain sculpture and architecture. I currently live and work in Los Angeles, CA where I also teach at Otis College of Art and Design.
2010, Claremont Graduate University, MFA 2002, College of Creative Studies at UC-Santa Barbara, BA
I apply the blurred, ethereal nature of airbrushed acrylic to paint multitudinous human features. As the ethereal figures blend into each other, I form tensions between individual and crowd, abstraction and representation. In my paintings, whirls of figures celebrate, mourn, protest, consume, dance, and embrace alongside others that drown, burn, and dissolve. My crowds evoke the power and ecstasy of unified intention alongside a potential descent into mob mentality. The compositions recall the idealistic pursuit of 1960's psychedelia, van murals, and other airbrush art forms, but in my work, airbrushed paint is like a thin veil that separates utopia and dystopia, civilization and chaos, agony and ecstasy.
SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2011, Shadowlighter, Armory Arts Center, Pasadena, CA 2010, Eclipse, Toomey-Tourell Fine Art, San Francisco, CA 2010, Black Flash, L2Kontemporary, Los Angeles, CA 2009, Here and Now, ARTRA, Los Angeles, CA (catalog) 2009, Collective Dissolve III, Wilson Street Gallery, Sydney, Australia 2008, Collective Dissolve II, Peggy Phelps Gallery, Claremont, CA (catalog) 2008, Collective Dissolve, Toomey-Tourell Fine Art, San Francisco, CA 2006, The Space of Heaven, Stanford University Art Spaces, Stanford, CA 2005, From LA to SF, Pence Gallery, Davis, CA 2002, The Girls of Isla Vista, Sullivan-Goss Fine Art, Santa Barbara, CA SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2010, L_ove A_lways, Eitoeiko, Tokyo, Japan 2010, L_ove A_lways, Gallery Lara, Tokyo, Japan 2010, Nice to Meet You, Sloan Fine Art, New York, NY 2010, Inaugural Exhibition, Kaycee Olsen Gallery, Culver City, CA 2010, Optimistic American Dischords, Werkstatt Gallery, 2010, Berlin, Germany 2010, Spring Fling, L2Kontemporary, Los Angeles, CA 2010,Trade Show, Zirrat Bankasi Gallery, Ankara, Turkey (catalog) 2010, Cacophonic, RAID Projects, Los Angeles, CA 2010, Cacophonic, Bentley Projects, Phoenix, AZ 2010, New Paintings, Wilson Street Gallery, Sydney, Australia (catalog) 2010, Art San Diego, Durden & Ray, San Diego, CA 2010, The TED Show, Durden & Ray with TED and Phantom Galleries, Long Beach, CA 2009, Zoom, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA (catalog) 2009, Nel Vostro Spazio/ In Your Space, Giacomo Projects, Venice, Italy 2009, Trade Show, Isfa University Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey (catalog) 2009, Over/Flow, Cerritos College Gallery, Cerritos, CA 2009, Fourth of July Show, Jancar/McCorckle Projects, Los Angeles, CA 2009, Wide Angle III, Cal State Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA 2009, Discovered/ Undiscovered, Smog Shoppe, Culver City, CA (catalog) 2009, Supersonic, Los Angeles Art Fair, Los Angeles, CA (catalog) 2009, The 210 Show, Project 210, Pasadena, CA 2008, Ten, Toomey-Tourell Fine Art, San Francisco, CA 2008, Overhung, Concrete Walls, Los Angeles, CA 2008, Don't Be Shy, Peggy Phelps Gallery, Claremont, CA 2008, Black and White, Wilson Street Gallery, Sydney, Australia 2008, New Paintings, Canvas Gallery, Seattle, WA 2008, Us vs. Them, See Line Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 2008, Portable A3, Front Magazine and Artists Helping Artists, Antwerp, Belgium 2008, Political Disco, Santee Project Space, Los Angeles, CA 2008, The Benefit Exhibition, Duncan Miller Gallery, Culver City, CA 2007, Flow Fair, Toomey-Tourell Fine Art, Miami, FL 2007, Portable A3, Front Magazine and Artists Helping Artists, Portland, OR 2007, Velocity, Claremont Art Museum, Claremont, CA 2007, The Fourth Leg, East Gallery, Claremont, CA 2007, The Media, City of Brea Gallery, Brea, CA 2007, Art Chicago, Toomey-Tourell Fine Art, Chicago, IL 2007, Things that are in the News or Should Be, Second City Gallery, Long Beach, CA 2007, Figurations, Claremont City Hall, Claremont, CA 2007, Red Dot, Toomey-Tourell Fine Art, New York, NY 2006, Flow Fair, Toomey-Tourell Fine Art 2004, Big, Toomey-Tourell Fine Art, San Francisco, CA 2004, Lumen, Felix Kulpa Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA 2004, The Clockwatchers, Pence Gallery, Davis, CA 2004, Scope Arts, Toomey-Tourell Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA 2004, Women Union Gallery, Cal State Sacramento University 2003, What You See Is What You Get, Temple Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2002, Angel Show, Reynolds Gallery, Montecito, CA COLLECTIONS Gary Greener and Bret McAllister, Los Angeles, CA Tim Campbell- Los Angeles, CA Queen Latifa- Los Angeles, CA Roland Reiss and Dawn Arrowsmith- Los Angeles, CA William Moreno- Claremont, CA Jane Callister and Phil Argent- Santa Barbara, CA The Toga Group- Sydney, Australia Jane Park Wells- Pasadena, CA Jimi Gleason- Newport Beach, CA Dr. Howard and Fran Berger- Beverly Hills, CA Andrew Waxman- New York, NY Ryan Cabrera- Los Angeles, CA Frank Goss- Santa Barbara, CA Dr. Alexander Kashef- Sausalito, CA Dr. Richard A. Auhll- Santa Barbara, CA Brian Kresin- Santa Barbara, CA Eileen Hendren- Davis, CA Katrien Verheyen- Antwerp Belgium Kurt Helfrich- Santa Barbara, CA Anne Collins- New York, NY Ilana Friedman- Las Vegas, NV Desiree Pascual- San Francisco, CA GRANTS 2009, MFA Now Prize 2008, Walker/ Parker Memorial Fellowship 2008, Claremont Graduate University Travel Grant 2007, Claremont Graduate University Fellowship 2003, International Art Award for Mixed-Media, Golden Key Honors Society 2002, International Art Award for Painting, Golden Key Honors Society 2002, Abrams Prize Grant for the Arts 2002, UC- Santa Barbara Graduation Speaker 2001, John E. Profant Memorial Scholarship for the Arts BIBLIOGRAPHY 2010, Black Flash, Art Ltd., Constance Mallinson 2010, Changing of the Guard, Artillery Magazine 2010, Optimistic American Dischords, Kunst Magazin 2009, Zoom, Catalog, Torrance Art Museum 2009, ARTRA, Catalog, Torrance Art Museum and RAID Projects 2009, Wide Angle III, Catalog, Long Beach Art Museum 2009, Prism Review, University of La Verne Press 2008, Collective Dissolve, Front Magazine 2007, Art Notes from the Road, Orange County Register, Richard Chang, June 24 2007, Mediated Media, Brea Star Progress, Jaimee Lynn Fletcher, June 7 Bring It On, Long Beach Press Telegram, Shirlie Gottlieb, April 27 2007, The Media, Catalogue, City of Brea Gallery 2006, The Space of Heaven, Palo Alto Weekly, March 15 2006, The Space of Heaven, Stanford Report, March 15 2005, The Clockwatchers, Davis Enterprise, Suzanne Minich, February 5