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Education

Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Day Studio – Workshop, San Francisco, CA



Solo
2000/2001 Paintings by Ernest Ely, Gallery at 400 Castro, San Francisco, CA

Group
2012 - 2007 Paul Mahder Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2005
  • Blue Room Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • “Living Proof,” LGBT Center, San Francisco, CA
2004
  • Blue Room Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • “Locos Peligrosos,” Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
  • Thoreau Center of Sustainability, Presidio San Francisco, CA
2003
  • Blue Room Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • “Spice,” Catherine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2002
  • “Scapes,” Space 743, San Francisco, CA
  • Visual Aid Annual Exhibition, San Francisco, CA
  • Toomey Tourell Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • Traveling Show, Positive San Francisco, Main Library, San Francisco, CA
  • Amfar Convention, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
  • SF LGBT Community Center, San Francisco, CA
2001 “Crossing Bridges,” CBS Market Watch, San Francisco, CA
2000 Visual Aid Annual Exhibition, San Francisco, CA
1999 New Conservatory Theater, San Francisco, CA
1998 Visual Aid Annual Exhibition, San Francisco, CA
1997
  • McKesson Building Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • Visual Aid Annual Exhibition, San Francisco, CA
1996
  • de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
  • Levi Strauss Plaza, San Francisco, CA
  • Visual Aid Annual Exhibition, San Francisco, CA
1995 Visual Aid Annual Exhibition, San Francisco, CA
1994 OPTS Art Show, Ansel Adams Center, San Francisco, CA
1993 College of Marin Gallery, Kentfield, CA
1992 “Selections” 1991, SomArts Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1991
  • Max Nugus, The Cannery, San Francisco, CA
  • Open Studios, San Francisco, CA
  • Artist Equity Show, SomArts Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1990
  • Open Studios, San Francisco, CA
  • Artist Equity Show, SomArts Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1986 Gale Laurence Studio-Workshop, San Francisco, CA
1985 Neiman-Marcus Gallery, San Francisco, CA


I work using a combination of techniques developed in

Japanese lacquer art, European medieval religious art and ‘faux’ painting Working on wood or composition board panels, I use various combinations of the following media: Japan paints (finely ground oil pigments that dry in a day and can be sanded), metallic powders, powdered pigments, varnishes, precious and common metal leaf, and acids.

I build up layers of paint, varnish and metal leaf, often sanding through the upper layers to expose the under painting. Some of the more complex pieces have up to fifty or more layers. The surfaces that are created are inherently abstract and free associative. By manipulating these properties the finished image is produced.

I consider myself an icon maker

My main source of inspiration – besides exploring the artistic possibilities of the techniques and media I use – is nature. Whether pictorial or abstract, nature is generally at the heart of the work. Being both an environmentalist and an artist, I hope to convey to others the sense of sacredness that I find in the natural world.