Master of Fine Arts Degree 2004
New York Academy of Art – Manhattan, NY
Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree 2002
Brigham Young University – Laie, Hawaii
My formal studies of the figure began in Hawaii with Viliami Toluta’u and Mataumu Alisa. I then received the best figurative training possible in the world at the New York Academy of Art where I earned my master’s degree. There in the heart of the art world I received a direct lineage of techniques that were handed down from the great masters of old. While in Manhattan I studied the figure with a modern approach while sharing a personal dialogue with the most forward thinking renowned artists of our time. They included Vincent Desiderio, Martha Erlebacher, Harvey Citron, Robert Taplin, Steven Assael, Wade Schuman, and Leonid Lerman. The education in Hawaii and New York City provided technical and aesthetic tools needed to assist the expressive creation of my art. Today as a full time art instructor I am able to pursue my goal of learning and developing as I teach Sculpture, Life Drawing and Art History courses at the Art Institute of Indianapolis. During my developing years I have my parents to thank for their loving support, spiritual faith and encouragement. My family has been my greatest source of inspiration and support.
Edifying the lives of thousands has been my charge since I was a young artist. It’s a fulfilling privilege for me to create compelling work that benefits lives. I desire to work and communicate with the soul and share ideas that the mind alone can never comprehend. Aristotle said, “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but the inward significance.” The aim of my art is to inspire and reveal things that we might not otherwise see and feel. Unlike any other media, I find that fine art has a potent ability to speak to us through its silence. I work to be genuine and inspired to balance the powerful negative and superficial influences that so easily attract our eyes. In my art I am looking for a contemporary aesthetic that is rooted in a strong tradition of the figure.