My mother would take my brothers and me to the Sierras when I was a kid. She would tell us stories of going on extended hikes with Ansel Adams into the back county. I didn’t understand at the time why landscape photography was to become a major pursuit later in life.
My parents were friends of Imogen Cunningham and hired her to take family pictures of my brothers and me. During one occasion, in a park in San Francisco, a child suddenly appeared from behind the bushes. Cunningham spun around with her camera and before she could get the shot the child disappeared. I never understood what that moment was about until much later in my life.
In the sixties abstract expressionism had a strong influence on me.
In the 1990s photography replaced painting as a way to express my ideas. Abstract expressionism is still inside of me and can be seen in my current work.