About the artist:
Graduating myself from Arizona State University in 1989, I studied fine art and sculpture with an emphasis in socializing. As you may guess, college wasn't for me, at least not the academics. I chose the road of "learn by doing" instead and hooked up with a local silk-screener and became their head artist for t-shirt designs. Years later, in 1992, after living in Boulder, then northern California, I ventured off for a three month exploration of Europe with my camera and a film student from CU by the name of Thor. That jaunt turned into 9 years of living in Hamburg, Germany. It was in Hamburg where I first decided that I wanted to be a professional artist. I started as an illustrator and moved quickly into painting sets and backgrounds for German music videos and film. Once I returned to the US, in the late summer of 2001, two buildings in New York fell and suddenly I didn't know where I belonged anymore. Apparently, it was Colorado Springs, because I have been here ever since. Most of my family lives here and this is where I met my wife Mallori. Colorado Springs is much smaller and less international than Hamburg but I have adapted well by entering homes and businesses, adding color and design to their worlds by painting murals and trompe l'oeil (deceive the eye). Recently my wife and I created and began the "12 Mural Project", a movement to flood Colorado Springs with twelve large-scale artistic masterpieces. Three have been completed so far; The Warehouse Restaurant Building Mural located at 25 W. Cimarron St., The Corepower Yoga Studios Mural at 623 N. Nevada Ave. and The Train Mural on the law office building of Alpern Myers Stuart LLC at 14 N. Sierra Madre St.
Since 2005, I've been among the circuit of award-winning, professional street painters (i Madonnari) specializing in the ever-popular and crowd-pleasing anamorphic (or 3-D) chalk drawings, which is truly a passion of mine. Being outdoors, traveling the country and practicing "no attachment" to my temporary artwork is a dream come true.
On February 12, 2011 I reinvented myself at the American Heart Association's Heart Ball at the Broadmoor Hotel, as a Speed Painter. Speed painting is energetic and entertaining, done in minutes, with my fingers, hands or brushes, on a large spinning canvas. If you haven't seen this live yet you are in for a surprise. In the past two years I have performed Speed Paintings for other organizations such as the Coca-Cola, X Games, the Gary Sinise Foundation, U.S. Army, SCAP, Caterpillar Inc, and the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.
Then there is the 'fine art' side of my life; the work I do for myself in the studio which may or may not be seen in a gallery or ever sold. This side, I never allowed myself to live into fully. The thought of being a "starving artist" was never an option for me. I starved enough in college and didn't enjoy it. So, living just from gallery-bound artwork hasn't been my reality. I've had many shows over the years and enjoyed each one tremendously but I wouldn't call it my bread-and-butter. I rather rely on my mural business, speed painting and street painting to keep me financially sound. I want art to be fun for me, not a struggle.
2013 starts with a bang and is full of big plans. ROUSE 66, my wife and I's company, has opened up to Asian and Mexican markets, plans to create the world's largest 3D street painting, and is seeking an apprentice for mural painting.
I am truly grateful for the support I have received from my Colorado Springs community. I am especially grateful to the Downtown Development Authority http://www.downtown80903.com/ and the Bee Vradenburg Foundation http://www.beevradenburgfoundation.org/ for their grants which made it possible to complete the Warehouse Restaurant Building Mural.
Currently, I am a board member of the Pikes Peak Arts Council (PPAC) and a juror for the Visual Arts category of PPAC's Awards for Excellence in the Arts which takes place every September. This year will be our 13th celebration.
http://pikespeakartscouncil.org/ and on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pikes-Peak-Arts-Council/81779008303?ref=ts&fref=ts
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