I am a visual artist and designer, creating in a broad array of sculptural and graphic techniques. I generate objects, images, and public art pieces, and works in a range of conceptual approaches. I am particularly interested in creating awareness of human life in balance with other life forms and our shared environment.In my art for the public realm, I seize opportunities to make 'places' by activating urban spaces through image, form and symbol, and in response to local history and context.
In my graphic work, I offer meditations on the delicate interrelationship that humans and other life forms share on this planet.Often these images are rendered in carbon-based materials, like charcoal, India ink, or oil, to reflect the carboniferous origins of life on earth. Like diagrams for life processes, the botanical drawings and paintings are expressed in the forming and becoming of plant forms, yet also are in fragmentation or decay.The landscape pieces are impressions of ecosystems, marked by the influence of human industry and activity and also document the temporal nature of life on earth.
I have designed and created sculptures for disabled children, elementary schools, cancer patients and survivors, community gardens in blighted neighborhoods, and toxic waste sites.
My public art projects often develop as part of large-scale urban infrastructure construction, usually transit related. I worked as a design team artist for Portland's Interstate MAX Light Rail, where I created art treatments for several stations, which opened in 2004. The iconic "Silicon Forest" is featured at the Rose Quarter Station, and appears as a grove of solar-powered, LED illuminated tree forms, complete with “stumps” and a “campfire;” and refers to forests that once thrived at the site, and to future technologies- (silicon-based ‘photosynthesis'). I installed public art for two stations on Tri-Met’s I-205 MAX light rail in southeast Portland, which opened in fall of 2009, featuring illuminating sculptures that are wind and solar powered. I am currently developing art for the Clinton Bicycle Boulevard in SE Portland.
In response to handgun violence, I organized the project “Guns in the Hands of Artists,” in New Orleans (1996), Washington DC (1998), and Portland (2001).(www.gunsinthehandsofartists.com).
I acted as art director and fabricator for the Bloch Cancer Survivors' Plaza in New Orleans, and as a teaching professional I have mentored students of all ages in art instruction.
I received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship award (1990), and my work was featured in the Portland Art Museum's 2001 Oregon Biennial.
I received a Master of Fine Arts from Arizona State University, with post-graduate course work in architectural engineering. I am adept at several fabrication skills, such as welding, metal casting, and neon glassblowing, and maintain a production studio in north Portland, Oregon. I am principal of Neonjones, a neon and LED lighting design and fabrication facility. My work is represented in galleries in Portland, Oregon and New Orleans, Louisiana.
Since 2004, I have been engaged as an artist/facilitator by the US Army Corps of Engineers, as part of their Brownfields Initiative Program, conducting vision-planning sessions with Brownfield communities nationwide. I am the co-creator of the 'Multi-Vision Integration/ Vision to Action Tool," used in public meetings to assist Brownfields communities to envision, render, and implement sustainable solutions.
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