March 13, 2017  •  Leave a Comment



For an artist, exhibiting work can be as nerve-wracking as it is inspiring. Will they come, will they collect... will they write about it? Well, I am pleased to report things are going well across the board, and not least because I am genuinely humbled and honored by the slate of positive coverage on my current solo show It’s a Mess Without You at Porch Gallery - Ojai. First, there was Betty Ann Brown's auspicious feature interview in Artillery Magazine, and now a huge thank you to Genie Davis for her excellent review in DiversionsLA.


Remains of the Fruitland Fire – Dawn – Thermal, California – 2016Remains of the Fruitland Fire – Dawn – Thermal, California – 2016BACK TO IMAGES

Remains of the Fruitland Fire - Dawn - Thermal, CA - 2016


The show is covered locally in the Santa Barbara Independent, Ojai Valley News, and Ojai Quarterly, and recommended in the Western U.S. juggernauts Visual Art Source and ArtScene.

The exhibition runs thru MARCH 26, and we have a few special dates planned for those who'd like to visit. I’ll be hanging out on the porch in beautiful Ojai Sunday, March 19, 10:30am-2pm. There’s an Artist Talk on Saturday, March 25 at 4pm, followed by the Closing Reception 5-7pm, with one last porch hang the following morning, Sunday, March 26, 10am-2pm.


Badlands Literary Journal – Cover Photo/Feature Article – 2017Badlands Literary Journal – Cover Photo/Feature Article – 2017Photo: Osceola Refetoff, Mojave Overpass – Mojave, California – 2009
Badlands Literary Journal - Cover & Feature Article - 2017

In “black-and-white” news, Atlas just released a wide-ranging interview that includes the heart-warming story of how I got my first camera at age 5 and just “knew” I’d become a photographer… Okay, that’s not strictly speaking true – you’ll have to read it to find out the real story!

Also just out: Badlands Literary Journal’s epic 3-part High & Dry feature on the Salton Sea, published by the College of the Desert. Swing by Chungking Studio for a copy, first come first served.


Trailer Bathroom Off Schabbell Lane – Fort Independence, California – 2011Trailer Bathroom Off Schabbell Lane – Fort Independence, California – 2011On the 4th of July, 2011, I explored what appeared to be an abandoned double-wide trailer on the Fort Independence Indian Reservation. The original fort was established in 1862, during the brutal Owens Valley Indian War that deprived indigenous Shoshone and Paiute peoples access to lands for which they knew no concept of ownership. After capturing this image, an Indian woman appeared at the door and gently but firmly asked me to leave her property.

My work often involves trespassing into what appear to be abandoned structures. I always experience a sense of remorse amongst the ruined homes and discarded processions, but on this particular day – America’s Independence Day – I felt a great sorrow for the indigenous peoples whose lands and lives were stolen.

There is much to reflect upon with regards to this nation’s complex history. I feel this image captures the sensation of being an interloper and a voyeur, bearing witness to a scene that can never be fully comprehended. What is clear today, is that there remain many injustices we will need redress on route to that more perfect union.

Trailer off Schabbell Lane - Fort Independence, CA - July 4, 2011 ()

But don’t just read about it, own a piece of history! Here’s your photo for the month of March, available for purchase at 20% off directly from Chungking Studio in either large (24x36") or medium-size (17 x 22”) limited edition prints through March 31.




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