My friend Briden Schueren and I were guests on the Out in Santa Cruz radio show hosted by Rob Watson and Sebastian DeEldon. We talked about art, activism, and our upcoming collaboration #Rise2Change.
When I graduated from art school, it took me a while to remember why I loved art. You'd think after spending four years studying everything from cave paintings to post-modernism, learning innumerable theories, and practicing new techniques into the wee hours, I'd have at least some inkling of why I wanted to do this. But there's a shift that happens when you take something you love purely for the sake of indescribable wonder it instills and put it through a meat grinder, break it apart, pound on it from every angle, and squirt it out the other side with a graduation cap and a diploma.
See Promiseland through the eyes of some of the wonderful people who inspired the paintings and shared the evening with me.
My new collection of oil paintings called Promiseland will be opening at the Pacific Grove Art Center on November 2. The 20-piece series portrays figures traveling to a fictional theme-park and explores the psychological weight of their journeys.