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I was raised in a small town in New Hampshire and spent my youthful days running in forests, swimming in any water I could find and playing as much make believe as I could. Being an only child and spending most of my time alone I delved into books, the radio, building odd things, writing and drawing.

I attended a small college in New Hampshire (BFA English/Psychology) where I began playing in bands and spending days upon days in a library. I grew obsessed with jazz, psychedelic music, poetry, philosophy, magical realist literature, Surrealism and Dada. While my bands played endless gigs I began making collages for show flyers and this quickly led me to seek out and find the collage work of Max Ernst, Joseph Cornell, Hannah Hock, Romare Bearden, and the paintings of Jean Michel Basquiat, Dorothea Tanning, Remedios Varo, Pablo Picasso, Eugene Delacroix, Goya and so many others. 

After completing college I moved to the seacoast of New Hampshire and to my surprise fell in love with surfing all year round...in blizzards, hurricanes and any time there was a bump in the water.  This love affair with the ocean changed everything and projected me into even deeper emotional and spiritual planes as well as landing for extended stay in Costa Rica and eventually landing in Southern California.

During my late 20smy love of Surrealism and collage brought me to Goddard College for an MA in Surrealism (2005), During my time there I pushed even harder into the collage realms and devouring everything I could about the DADA and Surrealist movement-from film to sound to poetry and all the visual landscapes they embarked upon. 

In 2007 I finally needed more ocean and warmer climates and left for Los Angeles and completed a MFA from CALARTS in 2009 (Music and Poetry). Since then I have been scoring films, recording music as Heliochrysum and m. deragon, publishing poems, showing collages and working as a college professor (Poetry, Music, Art/Film History/Critical Studies). 

Brief Artist Statement:

In my work I attempt to combine and transform the little things from our experience into something that makes us stop for a second and consider. I believe the half forgotten-half remembered moments are so crucial and actually propel us so much more than the monumental ones. I believe that everything we overhear, consume, see, touch and feel teaches us. These elements speak to the Great Invisible beings within us and all around us.  In this work I combine the vibrant with the faded, the messy bits with the precise, the straight line with the torn up, the found with the crafted...always attempting to create a new sensation or a new way of seeing/feeling the world always pushing outside the lines. I hope they bring something to you and thank you for looking.

Some Materials I Use:

Antique papers. found objects, charcoals. pencil, ink, precious papers, oils, acrylics, spray paint, stamps, old book covers, tape of all sorts, ancient musical scores, various blades/cutting tools, outdated maps, twine, gauze, wood filler, epoxy, resins, hairspray, fabrics of all kinds and so many other things. I have a catalog of over 500 works and always happy to share that with you as well.

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