Raised in the “Old Line” state, I migrated west to the “Golden State” in my early twenties and quickly embraced the SoCal lifestyle. With a passion for flags (particularly the California Flag) and a blank 20’ wall space in my two-story apartment, I began designing my own Jasper Johns-influenced manipulations of the state flag made from scraps recycled car leather interior and colorful swatches.
After the Los Angeles Times Home section article “It’s Still the Address of Glam” by David A. Keeps with photographs by Ricardo DeAratanha, came out in 2005, I was offered my first gallery exhibit at Modern One. From Hollywood glamour (Why Not Reinvent Yourself) to the conservation of a natural world (California Recycle), my assemblages challenged a variety of characteristics of state, culture, and mostly, ourselves.
LA Confidential magazine editor-at-large Rebecca Bloom began sizzling about my work in her popular column. In-demand LA interior designer Betsy Burnham featured my piece ‘Why Not Reinvent Yourself’ in a spread for House Beautiful magazine (photographed by Roger Davies), leading to other designers to share my original flag art with their clients.
I believe there is a flag created for every great moment in history and each of my clients is making their mark banner by banner.
To celebrate LA’s BEST 20th Anniversary in 2008, I conceived and art directed the 260-ft Do Time at LA’s Best mural, executed by renown street artist Marcus Suarez in downtown LA, which was unveiled on the construction wall at the new LAPD Metro Detention Center site in the Downtown Los Angeles Civic Center by Hon. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. My California Imagination piece was the subject of the California Arts Council’s 2008-2009 statewide promotional campaign and I was honored by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. And in 2010, I was recruited by the California Travel & Tourism Commission to create a California flag assemblage as a tribute to Governor Schwarzenegger.
Years on and many bear flag assemblages, civic art installations, and group and solo exhibitions later; my creative impulse continues to forge and reconfigure state and national flags with a collective of unique and unsuspecting found objects blended into a robust mix media menu and sociopolitical messaging.
My Flags have been displayed at:
Armory Center for the Arts Pasadena | Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles | Saatchi Art | Los Angeles Art Association Gallery 825 | Bonhams | Pacific Design Center | MTV Santa Monica | Creative Artists Agency | Save the Children HQ | The California State Capitol Building | Pharmaka | Ambrogi Castanier Gallery | Project One Gallery | We Rise | Into Action | Universal Studios | MOCA
Socially and environmentally conscious, I donates original pieces to a variety of charities.