BRIEFLY What is art? I believe it is a critical balance between the work of the artist and the perception of the viewer. These two - image and interpretation - balance against one another, and create a different experience for each person who views a piece of art. For that reason, the painter should never explain his meaning - ever - for any reason. It negates interpretation and ruins the viewerıs experience.

SIEGE - As a young man, my nickname CJ got shortened to Siege, and the name stuck. I am often told my technique of applying and manipulating paint is unorthodox & intense. Building all my own frames from recycled cedar and stretching my own canvases, I add distressed paper over the top. This creates a layered surface of paint and paper. Pushing, pulling, scratching, scraping, sanding, and "attacking" these layers, builds the images, textures, and colors in the art.

NATIVE TO THE NORTHWEST; born in Seattle and growing up on the wild west side of Bainbridge Island. I have been involved with both graphic design and printmaking since the 80s, and I obtained a BFA from the Cornish College of the Arts in 1991. Iıve been making my living as a professional artist ever since. Unofficially, I like to describe my style as "industrial figurative" because I often use type, technical imagery from atmospheric graphs, topographical maps.

above: Mercurial November 2021

LATELY - I seem to have a penchant for bridges, birds, and boats. I have also created images of mechanical parts, engines, industrial tools, cusine, and occasionally the human form. My passion is racing- (I race vintage motorcycles) and some of my work reflects this obsession.

INTERVIEW starts at 7:20

above: Hesperus Summer 2020

bullet points :

vartist's statement

Cornish College of the Arts- BFA : Fine Art •

Evergreen State College- BA :Film Production

about the Artist: a Brief Bio

Phantom Light : an in Depth Bio - Part 1

Echo at Keppel Gate : an in Depth Bio - Part 2

Commercial Work: Graphics Portfolio

Official FaceBook Page

Contact: (206) 405-0857 cell • email Siege


above: Fall of 2018

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INTERVIEW starts at 6:30



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