At nine years old,
I knew and vehemently declared at nine that I was an artist! My earliest art memories was in the 4TH grade doing a large painting with tempera of a three mast, Barque rigged, sailing ship heeling in a storm. (similar to the painting above) The other kids were painting lolly pop trees and flowers. That is when I knew. After high school, I went to work for IBM in San Jose, CA in the Electronics R&D Department making cool things. I soon realized that making my own cool art was still my passion and so I returned to school. After several years of school taking drawing and painting classes, I took a "Pottery class". At the end of that semester I quit school, bought a small gas kiln, clay and started my art studio that became my life’s work.
Born in Los Angeles, California
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND: (FOCUS: Drawing/Sculpture/Ceramics)
1984-85 Laney City College, Oakland, CA
1978 Chicago Electrical Institute, Chicago, IL
1965-67 Valley Jr. College, Van Nuys, CA
1962 San Jose City College, San Jose, CA
1980 Val Cushing, Alfred University, New York, NY
1980 David Middlebrook, San Jose, CA
1979 Ken Ferguson, Kansas State University, KS
1979 William Daley, University of Pennsylvania, PA
1977-80 Ruth Duckworth Studio, Chicago, IL
As Ruth's assistant I was responsible for the operation of her ceramic sculpture studio. Preparation of clay and glazes, firing of kilns, sculpture installations as well as just learning in her shadow.
2017-18 Dank Haus Invitational group exhibit, Chicago IL
Two large porcelain wall sculptures exhibited.
Roots Salon/Gallery, Chicago IL
Solo show of 14 new porcelain wall sculptures.
2016 Environmental Encroachment, performance Brass Band, Chicago IL
Design / fabricate 30’ whale/shadow puppet that eats the band. 15’ Pirate Galleon, 5’ Carrot cross made of orange plush, 7' Puppet for Chicago Halloween parade.
2015 Dank Haus Invitational group exhibit, Chicago IL Three new porcelain wall sculptures exhibited.
2014 “Portrait/Masks”, Jupiter Outpost Gallery, Chicago Il
Clay portraits/masks of my imaginary friends.
2011-12 “Out in Chicago” and “Magic”, Chicago History Museum, Chicago, IL
Freelance Exhibit Designer, PA for “OUT IN CHICAGO” Documentary film and my life's story was also included in of the exhibit.
2010 The “Square” Series, PIANTE Gallery, Eureka, Ca
Solo show of Porcelain /Stainless Steel Wall Sculptures and large porcelain bowls
2010 Anomaly Art Exhibition, Arts and Culture Alliance, Knoxville, TN
Porcelain and Stainless-Steel Wall Sculptures exhibited.
2010 Clayton Center for the Arts Gallery, Maryville, TN
Porcelain Sculpture and bowls in group show.
2009 Arts in the Airport, Juried Show, Knoxville, TN
Smoke Fired Porcelain/Steel Wall Sculpture “Dark energy” selected for exhibit
2009 Terra Madre, Woman in Clay”, Invitational Group Show, Knoxville, Tn
Porcelain Wall Sculptures exhibited.
2008 Could’a, Should’a, Would’a, Oak Ridge Art Center, Oak Ridge, TN
Juried Show, Pencil drawing under Encaustic/Found metal on Birch plywood.
2007 Oak Ridge Art Center, Oak Ridge, TN porcelain/Mixed Media Wall Sculptures.
2006 Spirituality” Mighty Mud Gallery, Knoxville, TN
Solo Show, Mixed media/Porcelain Wall Sculptures.
1994 Secrets, Mars Gallery, Chicago, IL
Presentation of 25 Drawings and Metal Sculptures
1990 Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
4th Annual Great Lakes Invitational Show
1989-2005 O’Sullivan Dunlap Studios, Models & Props Etc., WOW FACTORY, Chicago, IL
Owner-Designer of a premier fabrication Art Studio for Commercial clients, Ad Agencies, Museums, Trade shows, Restaurants and Medical Prototypes.
PARTIAL LIST OF COLLECTORS
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Harley Davidson Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Samata Design Associates, Dundee, IL
Wielgus Product Models, Chicago, IL
Hawthorne Interior Design, Chicago, IL
Holly Stevens, Chicago, IL
Dem Hopkins, Esq., Chicago, IL
Bruce Bussey, Maryville TN
Daniel Kumler, Pacifica, CA
Gill Street Design, Knoxville, TN
Gaylon Emerzian, Evanston, IL
Josiah Olsen, Chicago, IL
Andrew Matelnick, Evanston, IL
Ira Sapir, Chicago, IL
Margeaux Klein, Chicago, IL
Sylvia Andrews, Dallas, TX
Wan Ling Louie, Hayward, CA
Mary Deery, Wilmette, IL
Elliott and Sarah Goulb, Wilmette, IL
Steven Cook, La Jolla, CA
Sheila Dunlap, San Francisco, CA
Bruce Robbins, Lill Street Studios, Chicago, IL
Dr. Thomas Carlson, Chicago, IL
I have been very fortunate to have met and studied with many of the top ceramic teachers and artists over the years. The most influential for me among that list was the late Ruth Duckworth. I had the privilege of working as her studio assistant for 3 years therein, solidifying my educational art journey. Life’s many other journeys; beliefs, family, work, illness all contribute to the art that comes from our hearts.
I now live and create in Chicago. I draw, photograph and make sculpture. My primary sculpture medium is porcelain fired to 2100f. My glazes are all designed to make the most of random /controlled interactions with my porcelain canvasses. Most works are fired multiple times to achieve the required intent with the elements.
Also as a practicing Buddhist, my artwork is entwined with our human experience. The porcelain allows me to renders the beauty and chaos that we call our lives.