I was born in Spokane, WA and I grew up in Pennsylvania and upstate New York. I studied music composition, bassoon performance, and computer music at Brown University, and I moved to San Francisco in 1994 where I now live in the Tenderloin district.
In the early 90s, I made electronic music. First it was industrial music, with the band US Steel. Then as Grace, I performed techno and house music “live” at raves, and worked as a DJ in Providence, RI. In the mid to late 90s, I ran the Getcenter recording studio in a garage in the Mission district of San Francisco, where I recorded musicians including the Rapture, Marcus Shelby, and the Calculators, and I played in a heavy blues band called Mos Eisley with my brother.
At some point I stopped playing music to pursue fine art photography. I studied photography for three years at the San Francisco Studio School. I participated in a number of exhibitions and published two handmade photobooks that combined inkjet prints with hand-set letterpress type. After becoming disillusioned with the dominance of conceptual art in the fine art world, I returned to playing music in 2014. In 2019 I released an album with my partner Jenny Kwon, as Beil and Kwon.
And now in 2020 photography seems appealing again.