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CJ was born in Santa Barbara, California. From a young age he was inspired to create. Growing up he loved writing poetry, drawing, and creating cities both in the dirt for his matchbox cars or with Lego. This transitioned to his painting and sculpting with acrylics and wire/mixed Media sculptures. He studied art at Moorpark College, taking almost every art class they offered for 8 years.

CJ primary works in an abstract form, using bright vivid colors, hard color blocking and organic forms. He loves to push the envelope and think outside of the box on what colors and shapes make you feel when you look at them. He uses art as a method of therapy; Many of his pieces are an expression of his emotions, thoughts, trials and tribulations.

CJ has recently returned to the art of ceramics at the Sedona Arts Center, taking classes as much as he can and volunteering in the ceramic studio after class. He still paints and sculpts but is beginning to venture into watercolor and specialty inks.

CJ Hopes to inspire viewers to view the world a little differently and feel the intended emotions with his works. He strives to show the world that it’s always better to create rather than destroy.

Recent Exhibitions include:

  • 42nd & 43rd Annual Jurried Art Exhibition, Sedona Arts Center
  • Big Gay Art Show 2022 & 2023, Sedona Arts Center
  • Out of the Fire Ceremic Exhibition 2023 & 2024, Sedona Arts Center
  • Contemporary Surrealism, Sedona Arts Center
  • Numbers, Sedona Arts Center
  • Nuditas Exhibition, Biafarin