His work is displayed through Sept. 30 at Sue Greenwood Fine Art, 330 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949-494-0669, suegreenwoodfineart.com.
The South Gate native moved to Orange County in 1980, before ending up in Boise in 2000. While here, he worked as a stained-glass designer, a freelance illustrator, and a serigrapher producing limited-edition art prints. He also taught art at Irvine Valley College and the California Institution for Women.
After taking photos and making thumbnail drawings of a subject, he begins painting by blocking in large shapes. He refines them while adjusting his limited palette of colors. “It’s a back-and-forth process solving a million problems until, when I look at the piece, nothing seems out of place.”
“The [lifeguard] stations evoke strong memories of days spent at the beach. In all my trips there as I was growing up, they were peripheral, with the main attraction being the waves. So I find it interesting that they are now front and center. As I have begun to paint them, they feel like a still-life set up on a table in front of my easel.”