The experiences of an independent artist and jewelry maker

Monday, June 29, 2009


If your ever looking for a great tamales in San Diego these tamales are the best. They have vegan tamales that anyone would love. I like the black bean and the pumpkin.

Hillcrest Farmers Market: Sundays 9am-1pm next to the DMV

Friday, June 26, 2009

Taking pictures of people on the street

I like to take pictures of interesting people on the street. I've captured many different kinds of people all over San Diego. The homeless and public transit riders offer the best and most real people.

Sometimes I ask permission first, and that's important. I've been aggressively questioned when I didn't. The problem with asking though is people pose, so I click then ask permission showing them the picture. This can diffuse the situation if they see you before you can ask. This guy is an example of going from aggressive to cooperative, but he's also an example of posing.

I can't answer the question about releases. I'm not familiar with the legal issues. I do know that since these pictures aren't used for commercial purposes I'm OK. If I ever did though I'd have to find them again to sign one.

This guy is one of my favorite people I came across. When I approached him he was eating a 7-Eleven taco with his belongings on the sidewalk. He was very lonely and talked my ear off about his homelessness.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Repost of one year anniversary from

Originally from May 7, 2009

It was one year ago today that I took the leap and opened my Etsy shop. It was one of those what the #* things, so why not. I'd been told many times I should sell my stuff, but all the other venues required a huge financial risk. Etsy seemed like a low risk proposition.
I don't regret my decision. The last year has had its ups and downs, but mostly ups. The customers have been great and if I was to say a down it'd be slow sales. Starting from zero rep I've gotten sales and this year I hope to triple that or more. Actually more ;D

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


SALE-30% off and free shipping on select summer jewelry§ion_id=6126029

If you spend $55 or more you will receive a free item of your choice priced $11 or less.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

HI everyone!
I have no clue what I'm going to say...
This is my first attempt at blogging. I'm hoping by doing this to reach out to those who might be interested in what I do. And to be perfectly honest, by doing so get a wider audience for purchasing my work. Unfortunately, selling is necessary for me to be able to continue working in my art.
I'm an artist who works in acrylic, pencil, and pastel who also likes to make jewelry. I love to experiment with new things with each piece of jewelry. It's a no pressure and fun release trying new shiny materials. (That sounded very crow like. haha) Specifially, gemstones like labradorite, rainbow moonstone, and every other stone with incredible banding, flashes, colors, etc. It is also the bread and butter that supports my more "serious" fine art.
In my "fine art" I focus on the human condition through portrait. A face tells everything internal and external about a life. A simple portrait captures a moment and a totality. It also can show the truth behind political propaganda with subtle, but powerful insights.
I'm originally from the Metro Los Angeles area where my artistic ability was uncovered. Following the revelation, I was taken to a family friend who worked for a well known LA designer for private art instruction. When I entered college I continued to follow this path majoring in fine art taking classes in drawing, painting, sculpture, 2D design, and figurative art before venturing out on my own.
After leaving college I was offered a number of commissions from collectors and publications. Paintings were commissioned for homes in Beverly Hills, Pasadena, and other sections of Los Angeles, CA and the Big Bear Inn in Big Bear Lake, CA.
Starting in the '90's I changed goals for a number of years and completed undergraduate and graduate Geography programs. My studies focused on regional, urban, and environmental areas of the human condition and our sense of place. It was this sense of place involving public art in my thesis that sparked an interest in creating art again. During this period is also when I took up jewelry making and found it addicting.
So today I find myself trying to make a living doing what I love. Everyone, especially the ex, thinks this is foolish. It's definitely an uphill battle and very discouraging at times when bills come due for basics.
So check out my shop when you get a chance. I'm also on twitter and I have a web site.
Have a great day and I hope to see you again!