I was born at the White Memorial Hospital in 1959, Los Angels, CA. I grew up in South San Gabriel which was weird because nobody knew where “North San Gabriel” was. I grew up watching my mother oil paint and knew that that is what I wanted to do….. well that and play with my Hot Wheels.  So that is what I do. I paint and collect toys. While the majority of my life was spent in California I also lived in various states and countries such as Arizona, Utah, England and now Idaho. I met my Wife of 27 years in England and together we have raised 6 children, 5 girls and 1 boy.

I started out working for a company called Wild West Designs doing monumental work and architectural bronze work from 94-96.  I then started my own company  called Tierra Bronze doing architectural bronze work, custom made ceramic tile back splashes, hotel lobby floors and single field tile. In that time I had the opportunity to work with award winning designers and architects, such as: Naomi Leff, Robert A.M. Stern and Paula Berg from 93-03.  My work can be seen across the United States from Mexico to Wyoming and as far East as New York. I also taught at the Utah Valley State College in 99 teaching drawing, figure drawing, watercolor and understanding materials. I have had the opportunity to come full circle back to my first passion, drawing and painting.

I don’t attempt to explain my work, it can have more than one meaning. Art is so subjective and views differ from one person to the next, so I leave it to the viewer to go away with what ever the images mean to them. I very rarely have an agenda or wish to pull the viewer to any opinion or belief of mine. I just hope that there is a reaction of some kind, either you hate the work, are inspired by it, or just laugh, So enjoy.


My education started in High School with the basics. After I graduated I pursued a further education and attended the University of Kansas in 77, Northern Arizona University in 82, Pasadena City College 85-86, Pasadena art Center College of Design 86-89, majoring in illustration. I still further my education in every day life and experience! Music has played an influential part in my creations. It has been an inspiration for the images and concepts to my work. Many Artist have inspired me through out my life, three in particular are Diego Rivera, Joel Bass and Patrick Woodruff.


2010 - Basement Gallery, Boise - December Group Show
2010 - Flying M Coffee House - December Solo Show
2010 - Boise Art Museum (BAM) - Day of The Dead Alter Installation
2010 - Record Exchange Anual Munny Doll Auction Show
2010 - Flying M Halloween Group Charity Show
2010 - Boise History Museum, Boise - "In Pursuit of Color" Group Show & Documentary
2010 - Alexa Rose Gallery, Boise - "Illustration Showdown". Group Show
2010 - Flying M Coffee House, Boise - Charity Show for AIDS benefit
2010 - Visual Art Collective, Boise - Charity Show for AIDS benefit

2009 - Hyde Park Gallery, Boise - (Apri through May group show)
2009 - Basement Gallery, Boise - (November through December group show)
2009 - The Record Exchange, Boise - Charity Munny Doll

2008 - Distinction Art Gallery, Escondido - Charity show project 57 “Help the fight against Lewy Body Dementia, and gallery representation

2001 - Springfield Show, UT

2000 - Heber City, UT Group show


2009 - Boise Weekly - October 28 - November 3 Issue - ARTS - New Crop


2009 - Idaho Statesman - December 3 - Perry Alen Leaves Basement Gallery


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