Inspired by landscapes, wilderness, and environmental change, my work employs elemental forms and experiments with perception, patterns, randomness, and natural processes. I use various watercolor and acrylic techniques to abstract a place’s complexity | simplicity and to explore what it is we see, comprehend, and attach importance to, given constant flux.

Pieces are included in public and private collections throughout the United States and abroad.


Simon Breitbard Fine Arts – San Francisco, California

Christopher Martin Gallery – Dallas, Texas

Heather Gaudio Fine Art – New Canaan, Connecticut

Select Collections and Commissions

Art in Embassies Program, U.S. Department of State

UIHC Project Art Collection, Iowa City, Iowa

MD Anderson Collection, Houston, Texas

Viceroy L’Ermitage, Beverly Hills, California

Viceroy Snowmass, Snowmass Village, Colorado

The Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe, California

Charles Schwab, San Francisco, California


Sustainable Arts Foundation Promise Award Recipient

SECA Award nominee, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 


University of Notre Dame

University of California, Berkeley

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