I am a visual artist whose artwork features words. At a young age I started the lifelong habit of carrying a small notebook in my pocket so I could record observations, ideas, quotes, and bits of overheard conversations. I love the poetry of plainspoken speech.
I grew up on a farm in Paris, Idaho, but currently live in Boise with my son, wife, and border collie. My text-based art has been included in four Idaho Triennials. In 2009, I was a recipient of an Idaho Commission on the Arts Fellowship. I have had solo exhibitions at the Boise Art Museum, The Sun Valley Center for the Arts, and Ogle Gallery in Portland, Oregon. My artwork has been shown in Chicago, Dallas, Jackson Hole, Ketchum, Los Angeles, and Miami. Most recently I had a one-person show titled, Soft You Now, at Gallery CTA in Boise.
I have an appreciation and admiration for the self-taught Idaho artist, James Castle (1899 – 1977), who was born deaf and spent his entire life creating astonishing works of art. I enjoy using both his compelling life-story and his unique art practice as a springboard for student artwork.
Special Populations I have worked with:
In addition to being an experienced writing instructor at Boise State University, I have led workshops at The Boise Art Museum, and I have been a teaching artist at Garden Valley Elementary, Lowell Elementary, Cynthia Mann Elementary, Christine Donnell School for the Arts, and The Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind.
I have taught all ages and multiple demographics–including at-risk youth, under-served populations, kids with special needs, and those with disabilities.
My strength as an artist is my creativity. I work everyday as an artist. As a teaching artist, I respect the artist in the students I teach and believe if given the opportunity and the encouragement, students can create beautiful and meaningful art.