"As an artist, I create knowing the power of color and where viewers are central to the experience. I want to create art experiences that surprise, delight and bring a sense of awe to all people."
Tell us about yourself and background.
I am the consummate explorer. I am from Minnesota, majored in Asian Studies at Hamline University. I lived in Japan for three years learning ceramics, calligraphy and Noh theatre. I also studied photography and film making and created experimental films. I have been on the cutting edge of digital design as a Creative Director. My art career spans ceramics, geometric abstraction oil paintings, blur motion photography to create geometric images lit by lights, projections of moving images and light installations.
Tell us about your work.
My art is on the edge of technological advancements spanning printing, lighting, photography, video, mirrors, 3D glasses viewing paintings and virtual reality. I create art experiences that place the viewer in the art. I want the art to have a sense of awe and inspiration that both challenge viewers to see anew while creating a sense of surprise and delight while in the experience. I use colors knowing that they have a psychological and physiological effect on people.
What makes your work and approach unique?
We are immersed in an ocean of images. I reject the world where the rectangular image is a representational gateway into a “reality.” I create art experiences focused on perception – 2D, 3D, light, color – as colourful geometric photographic shapes on the wall, as mobiles lit by natural light, as photographic sculptures, as large-scale light experiential forms, as experimental light videos/ projections and as virtual reality experiences where viewers enter an art universe. It’s about interacting directly with the art as a transformational experience.
Why is your work a good investment?
We live at a point in time. My art is on the cutting edge of 21st century art technology focused on human experience and perception. The multi-media art I create awakens curiosity and challenges perception – 3D paintings, geometric photo sculptures, dancing light projections, light sculptures, translucent mobiles – all expanding what art can be. As I have seen already, all will increase in value as they are more widely known.
Tell us about some of your achievements.
Major achievements include being commissioned to create two large-scale art installations at the Minneapolis – St. Paul International Airport, create the Rainbow Pyramid Light Experience for the Northern Spark Festival and being a featured light artist at Art Miami. I won the Exposure Award in the Ultra Color Collection and my image was presented at the Muse du Louvre. I have been featured in TV shows, radio shows, magazine and newspaper articles and art websites … and, of course, the DESTIG Top 20 Artists of 2018 award.
What are your sources of inspiration?
Art and technology are rapidly changing. I am inspired by new ways to create light and color experiences and love being on the leading edge of exploration and creation. I love color theory and the fact that color affects people psychologically and physically. As an artist, I create knowing the power of color and where viewers are central to the experience. I want to create art experiences that surprise, delight and bring a sense of awe to all people.
What you are passionate about?
I am passionate about … the ways art heals people in many ways. Creating art to find a visual way to express feelings. Using art to shine a light on experiences that help illuminate a cause. Experiencing art in a way that brings a sense of awe and wonder and enlightenment through exposure. Public art providing broad communities with something more inspirational than functional architecture. Art in hospitals reducing stress and providing meditative areas for both patients and medical staff. Art heals.
Tell us the back-story of some of your projects.
I created installations at the Minneapolis – St. Paul Airport. The 50’ long “Leap of Joy” was meant to convey the sense of joy and magic of travel and moving forward with life. “The Aurora Borealis” brings the colors of the Northern Lights to life in the airport. “L’Etoile du Nord” or “Star of the North” is meant as a beacon to say that anybody of any race, religion, sexual persuasion or nationality is welcome in Minnesota.
Share with us your upcoming projects.
I’m planning to build the Rainbow Pyramid for the Bahrain Light Festival in 2019. I’m also working many new exciting projects. A large-scale light installation called The Rainbow Sonata. New 3D paintings and geometric illumination photographic sculptures and mobiles. A new video based on light dancing on water that I’m editing now. And, I’m working on a new Virtual Reality installation.