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Artist Statement

"The experiences of human nature in all stages of life have from the very beginning of my art career, been important subject matter for my image making. As a result, my art has been an ongoing narrative and self-portrait that attempts to reconcile the absolute and contradictory forces that have influenced and governed my life."

Biography

In 1931, I was born in a small rural town in the San Joaquin Valley of California to Portuguese Catholic parents. Their parents had immigrated to America in the late 1800ís from the Azores Islands. My dad eventually moved to the country where he operated a dairy farm and it was there that I spent my early years attending school. Right out of high school, I married. After 20 years and two failed marriages, I returned to Fresno State University where I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree-Summa Cum Laude. After studying two summers at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, I received a Master of Arts Degree, With Distinction, from California State University in Fresno.

After graduation, I taught courses in drawing and painting at Fresno State University, Fresno City College, College of Sequoias, Corcoran State Prison, and at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. Finally in 1986, I received a Visiting Artist position with the University of Georgia, in Athens, Georgia, to teach drawing and painting. During that time I was invited two quarters to teach for their Studies Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy where I was very fortunate to visit Rome, Pompeii, Florence, Ravena, Venice, and London. As an artist, the experiences of traveling in Italy and teaching for the University of Georgia was the most inspirational and transformative years of my life.

During my time at the University of Georgia, I discovered that it was one of the first universities to offer computer imaging. Because of the infinite possibilities offered by this technology, I turned to digital imaging rather than painting. When I returned to Kingsburg in 1990, I took workshops on digital imaging and color management, with digital artist Dorothy Krause at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, and at Bennington College, in Vermont. Her creative approach and influence helped me to make the transition.

My current work consists of large format inkjet prints done on my 42" wide inkjet printer. I use photographs, text, and objects that are scanned into the computer through a flatbed or slide scanner, or downloaded from a digital camera. The images are printed on a variety of substrates such as canvas, paper, and vinyl. The pigmented inks are archival.

I have discovered that the computer is a great tool for making art. However, like any other art form we choose, we must study long and hard to learn how the medium works. The ideas we choose and how we interpret them, obviously determines the final output and the artistic merit of the image.

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