Born in Montreal in 1959, moved to San Francisco as an infant, I grew up in an artistic family influenced by the creativity of my late father Curtis Fields, an established California painter. Experimenting in art through my childhood and early teen years, I took up music in high school when I saw a friend playing the guitar. After graduating from San Francisco State University in 1980 and hankering for an idealistic lifestyle, I joined the monastery of the Vedanta Society of Northern California. There I lived the spiritual life for twenty-two years, during which my creative impulses found expression in singing, songwriting, and guitar playing.
After leaving the monastery in 2002 and traveling for a year, I took up art again with enthusiasm. I settled in the beautiful Northwest, married my wife Marla, and spent several years focusing on sculpture, studying for some time with Seattle sculptor Kim Graham (now Kim Beaton at Paltiya.com). Working out of my studio in South Seattle, the sculptural work ranged from figuratives to masks to abstracts, mostly created in fired clay.
In 2007 I received a public art commission from the City of Seattle’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs to create a ceramic art installation across five blocks of 14th Avenue South in the South Park neighborhood where we lived. Convergence consists of two pillars covered with carved ceramic tile and 17 strips of tile in the sidewalk. The designs are inspired by motifs from various world cultures and represent the diversity of the people in South Park. This piece was installed in March 2009.
Marla and I moved to Boulder, Colorado in September of 2008. In 2012 we settled in beautiful Bend, Oregon, where once again I have a ceramic studio and am fully active artistically. In late 2014 I installed a public art piece in McMinnville, Oregon commissioned by the County Commissioners called Yamhill County Panorama.
Whether creating larger pieces such as glazed ceramic wall panels or pressing small decorative tiles out of plaster molds, I love the idea of turning earth-born clay into art through fire and heat. There is something about that ceramic transformation that reaches into the primordial elements from which we come. I hope through this process I can be of some service to people and perhaps add a little beauty to our world!