In 2008 a professor had me write a list of the "things" that make up my creativity. I have recently found that list and have adapted it to the present moment- a good exercise in thinking through motivations

Tubes of cadmium red oil. The way oil paint paints

Childhood drawings and my mother’s yarn-doll named Heidi

Stringed instruments. Hearing my father practice cello

The rhythms that are constantly stuck in my head

Sitting with an empty mind. Being alone. Silence

Early, gray and chilly mornings. Leaving the city for and coming back

Birds and plants

Southern CA sunlight (especially at dusk) and the marine layer

Richard Serra and James Turrell. The Dia:Beacon

A good museum“finding” works therein. David Park’s Four Men

The inability to focus on the moving peripheral. The fact that there is always a peripheral

Annie Dillard, A Pilgrim a Tinker Creek

Joni Mitchell, Tchaikovsky, Alanis Morissette and the Red Hot Chili Peppers

Receiving and sending mail

The ever-changing landscape. We continue to rearrange it, to line, cover and define it in some strange sort of massive and unrealized collaborative performance. The way that grasses pop up through cement and asphalt

Artists who believe that everything has intention and meaning

The simultaneous poetics and blockiness of language (or at least of my own language). The inefficiencies of any single medium

The voices of my mentors and friends- “get to work”

Studio Update | Paris!

After a grueling semester of full-time work and school, I am am currently in Paris, France visiting family, friends and sampling every pastry/cheese/wine I can find. I am excited to be recharging my creative juices and while currently posting only occasionally on Instagram.

Happy New Year! 

Studio Update


The other day I was asked what Master's program I was in. Upon replying that I was studying in the visual arts I was received, "Can you make any money in that field?". Now, all of you creatives out there know that this is THE question. It will always be asked. And the answer is yes, there is money in creative work... provided the creative is diligent and understands that in a creative field, open door are often less clearly delineated than in other fields. In other words, there are multiple paths forward and "can't" doesn't always apply. Of course you can. You just have to find a way. 

That said, my fall semester starts SOON! As in, one week soon. I will keep a running list of "How to hold a full time job while performing an MFA" for a forthcoming blog post. Up next, a summary of my Summer Studio Experiments

Studio shot from Be-coming Photography