I am an oil painter, originally from California’s Napa Valley. A lifelong doodler of portraits, comics and illustrations, as well as a screen-printer and erstwhile designer, I didn’t actually begin applying paint to canvas until I was knee deep in my 30s. Starting with a jar of brushes and painting mostly portraits of friends, family, derelicts and ne’er-do-wells, I soon traded my brushes for pallet knives. I began adding cityscapes, narrative designs and random thought-thinkings into my subject matter. In 2008, I had my first solo exhibition in Redding California. Over the next 4 years, I enjoyed several successful group and solo shows, in businesses, restaurants and galleries throughout California. My work was featured in local papers and shiny magazines and I was commissioned for portraits, album covers and t-shirts. In 2011, I moved to Portland, Oregon and over the next five years enjoyed many exhibitions in and around one of the greatest cities in the world. Portland was an incredible inspiration and provided the spark for virtually every painting I completed in this prolific, beer-soaked period. I recently felt the pull of the road and said farewell (at least for now) to Portland and hello to New Orleans. New jokes in new pubs, new faces giving me new smiles and dirty looks, new street corners with new stories. They all find their way into my work. Eventually.
- Cristina Acosta
- Nancy Cassidy