(Nathan Oliveira "Emily" 1961, lithograph)

Nathan Oliveira, superb printmaker, painter, sculptor and fellow CCA alumni died on November 13th. He has long been a source of inspiration to the creatives in my family, especially my mother who learned manners at the table of the Bay Area Figuratives. Oliveira, Richard Diebenkorn, David Park, Elmer Bischoff, Joan Brown, and Manuel Neri all play heavy sculptural roles in her art and process. I see their influence in my work as well. I too approach art by way of the body. I too am guided by emotion. I am contain, directed, satisfied by the confines of the human experience. The form, weighty and strong, is the animal on which I ride.