Artist’s Statement

Life’s ambiguities, love, loss and longing, are the subject matter for my artwork. They often reflect my personal experiences, as an artist, teacher, traveler and twin. These ideas evolve through an intense engagement with found objects, collage materials, art history, and the meaningful search for content. My process is based on tableau photography. With an old 35mm camera, natural sunlight and found materials, I create a dialogue between the objects. In this new environment, the objects appear as actors on a stage, with a momentary pause in the action. The camera records this action, with results that mimics painting more than photography.

The Images reveal and conceal layers of information and ideas for the viewer to interrupt according to their own experiences. Often, the staged objects create a mood, a feeling of expectation that something has just happened—or is about to. A balancing act between what is real or merely realistic.

Photos by Pernilla Persson


Selected Exhibitions                                *Solo Exhibitions
San Francisco Art Market Fort Mason  San Francisco CA
ZYZZYVA  (Literary Journal) Spring/Summer Featured artist including both covers.
Artist Residency Kathmandu Photo Gallery  Bangkok Thailand
CA Modern Magazine/Eichler Network Featured Artist Fall  Northern & Southern CA
The Dryansky Gallery PRIVATE VIEWS, HIDDEN REFLECTIONS San Francisco, CA
The Visual Voice: New Photo Book Narratives Featured Book Artist
Rayko Photo Gallery San Francisco CA
RMA Institute: The Beginning Anticipates the End – The End Anticipates the Beginning:
Exhibition and Book Launch Bangkok, Thailand
4th Annual Photography Exhibition Delta College Stockton, CA
Juror: Cory Keller – Curator of Photography SFMOMA San Francisco CA
Hotel Triton OS Super Hub San Francisco, CA
The Perfect Exposure Gallery Los Angles CA
Thavibu Gallery Beneath the Veneer – Installation Bangkok Thailand
Photographers Market Place Side Gallery Featured artist
Rayko Photo Gallery San Francisco CA
Bolinas Museum Botto’s World Bolinas CA
Rayko Photo Gallery  The Last Kodachrome San Francisco CA
Illinois State University Galleries 2010 Alumni Exhibition Normal IL
Kathmandu Photo Gallery Bangkok Thailand
Installation: Hidden Gardens – Private Views
RayKo Photo Center San Francisco CA
“Still Life” Selections
Pro Arts Gallery Oakland CA
PhotoArt Asia Expo 2008 Bangkok Thailand
Exhibition Lounge & Zen Gallery at Central World
San Luis Obispo Art Center San Luis Obispo CA
Group Exhibition: California Dreamin’
Kathmandu Photo Gallery Bangkok Thailand
Installation: Stranger in a Dream
RayKo Photo Center ( Side Gallery) San Francisco CA
Installation: On the Edge of Safe
GarageGallery San Francisco CA
Pro Arts Gallery Oakland CA
Montclair Gallery Oakland CA
RayKo Photo Center San Francisco CA
Los Medanos College Pittsburg CA
University of California Chico CA
Café Comptoir San Francisco CA
San Francisco Open Studio Hunters Point Shipyard CA
Noe Valley Art Space San Francisco CA
The Lift Gallery San Francisco CA
Summerhill Gallery Chapel Hill NC
Rayko Gallery San Francisco CA
US Information Agency Washington DC
International Traveling Exhibitions
Metropolis Contemporary Art Gallery Seattle WA
Museum of Contemporary Crafts San Francisco CA
Crawford and Sloan Gallery New York NY
Hassel/Haeseller Gallery Denver CO
International Sculptural Center Washington DC
Master Gallery Denver CO
La Mama Galleria New York NY
Photographer’s Gallery London UK
Bridgewater/Lustberg Gallery New York NY
P.S. #1 Long Island City NY
Alcove Gallery Henry Street Theatre New York NY
Blum Helman Warehouse New York NY
Asian American Art Center New York NY
East Carolina University Greenville NC
Metropolis Gallery Dallas TX
Z-Zai Project Tokyo Japan
Metropolis Gallery Dallas TX
Locus Gallery St. Louis MO
Elektika Gallery Miami FL
Alternate Galley Dallas TX
Mobilia Gallery Cambridge MA
American Crafts Museum New York NY
Smithsonian Institute: Renwick Gallery Washington D.C.


MFA, MS, BS: Illinois State University Bloomington/Normal IL

Lectures & Experience

Selected Public Lectures
King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Arts Department Bangkok Thailand
Tokyo Loretto Heights University Denver CO
Long Island University C.W.Post Long Island NY
Bass Museum of Art Miami FL
School of the Art Institute of Chicago Chicago IL
Richland College Dallas TX
North Texas State University DentonTX
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design Halifax N S Canada
College of the Mainland Texas City TX
Smithsonian Institute Washington DC
The New School New York City NY
Penland School of Crafts Penland NC
University of Tennessee Knoxville TN
University of Kentucky Lexington KY
University of Montana Missoula MT
Memphis Academy of Art Memphis TN
Montana State University Bozeman MT
Academic & Related Experience
Los Positas College Livermore CA 2003 to Present
East Carolina State University Greenville NC 1989
Columbia University Teachers College NYC NY 1985
Texas A & M University CommerceTX 1985
Louisiana State University Baton Rouge LA 1983
Nova Scotia College of Art & Design Nova Scotia Canada 1976, 1980, 1984
Appalachian State University NYC Director Boone NC 1979-81
Art Institute of Chicago Chicago IL 1979
East Tennessee State University Johnson City TN 1978-79
Montana State University Bozeman MT 1978
Western Illinois State University Macomb IL 1969-77
Parsons School of Design NYC Art Consultant Dominican Republic 1987
Bass Museum of Art Miami FL Lecturer 1986
University of Illinois Urbana IL Adjunct NYC Program NYC 1982-84
Gallery at Lincoln Center Assistant Gallery Director NYC 1983-84