I have been drawing since the age of five and painting since 1999. My education in art started college in New York State, where I focused on graphic design and drawing. I continued my studies at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and the Art Institute of Seattle. In 2006 I moved to San Diego where I attended the Art Academy of San Diego as a student and an employee for two years. My studies were focused primarily on drawing and oil portrait painting.
When I moved to Seattle in 2009, I started attending several local music venues to enjoy mostly jazz, jazz fusion, funk, jam, and rock bands. As I watched the musicians perform on stage, I was inspired by the music, the talented musicians, and the multi-colored stage lighting as it reflected off the players’ skin. I started a series of oil portraits of Seattle musicians in which I used vibrant colors to represent stage lighting, rather than skin tones. I have had several art shows since then where the musicians I paint play live for the openings.
Some of the musicians I have painted are Ronnie Pierce, Ev Stern, John Terpin, Mesa, Kent Halvorsen, Joe Doria, Andy Coe, D‘Vonne Lewis, Evan Florey-Barnes, Ari Joshua, RL Heyer, and many more. I have done several portraits of Jerry Garcia which have been displayed at Andy Coe
Band’s Annual Jerry Garcia Celebration and are used for the promotional posters.
I recently finished a portrait series of some of my favorite female vocalists. The series includes portraits of Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Janis Joplin, Lorrie Ruiz, Amber Bracy, and Hilary Keyes.
I work from photographs using a technique I have been able to excel at, starting with an underpainting of four basic values, then building up to the final colors and blended tones of the finished portrait. I take commissions for oil portraits, as well as poster and design projects.
Don't miss First Thursdays in the Musicquarium Lounge. Extend your experience beyond music and fine dining into the realm of visual art. This new series will bring color and texture to the Musicquarium walls, transforming the space into a gallery where one can view and purchase original pieces of art while enjoying dinner, happy hour, or live music within the venue.
New artists bi-monthly! Extended Happy Hour to 7pm!