About

I am an artist, designer, illustrator, musician and generally curious person who has been living and working in Portland, OR since 2006. I’ve been focused on my creative pursuits and personal artistic and intellectual  growth throughout my life in conjunction with a long career in the restaurant industry. 

Since my earliest memories I’ve identified as an artist. The comic books, cartoons, rock n’ roll, and pop culture that inspired me then remain evident in my work today. I finished my high school education at the Buxton School, a small private school with a unique perspective on education that expanded my world view profoundly. I received a BFA from the Maine College of Art in 2000 with a focus on painting. My artistic evolution at this time drove me deep into American folk music. This was reflected in all of my work, but its biggest impact was bringing together my disparate musical abilities. Between the re-release of Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music, and a life-changing encounter with Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, I was set on a transformative path. 

I migrated west to Bellingham, WA where I encountered a rich DIY artistic community. Punk, feminist, politically aware young people were forming bands, collectives, circuses, and protest groups. I began performing with my baritone ukulele and banjolele. I soon had a singing partner and a band. We encountered a thriving old-time music scene in Portland, OR and relocated soon after. I performed and occasionally toured with a few incarnations of an off-beat string band called Mighty Ghosts (among several name variations) for ten years or so and self-released several albums. 

in 2009, after years of working for independent restaurant owners, I decided to try it for myself. I ended up as proprietor of Common Grounds Coffeehouse on SE Hawthorne st. in Portland, OR along with my wife. In 2020 in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, we sold the cafe.

All along my creative life continued in many different media. Digital imaging, graphic design, woodworking, and printmaking among them. My music continued to evolve and I formed OR7 in 2015, a roots-rock group designed for casual happy-hour gigs. I produced two albums under the name Jewels to the Sunset in 2021 and 2022, using modern home-recording technology to blend my roots music background with the expanding sonic possibilities of MIDI and virtual music equipment.

Most recently I’ve turned my attention back to digital imaging. Using Adobe creative software, I have been creating a design and illustration portfolio with the intention of working professionally. I’m currently living happily in the Cully neighborhood of Portland with my family and our dog, Lula.