Born in San Francisco - 1941, moved to NYC 1963, work and live in Brooklyn since 1971
Art School – SF 1961-63 – Painting, Drawing
BA – Studio Art - New York City College – 1969, studied with Jacob Lawrence
MFA - Painting - University of Washington, studied with Chuck Close – 1971
McDowell Colony – 1969
Exhibition – Nannies of Brooklyn Heights – St. Francis College, Brooklyn - 2007
Exhibition – Red Hook – Noodle Pudding, Brooklyn - 2015
Early Background story:
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. She explained why his photographs were special. I didn’t understand at the time why this was so but landscape photography was to become a major pursuit later in life. It was when I was photographing in the Himalayas that I started to understand what he was trying to communicate.
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: Hans Hoffman, Willem de Kooning, Pollack.
In the seventies the more formal abstract painters fascinated me: Frank Stella, Cy Twombly, Brice Marden.
In the nineties photography replaced painting as a way to express my ideas. I taught myself photography and with the use of 4x5 view camera I got in touch with a deeper part of myself that needed expression.
Even though I work entirely in the digital world the influence of landscape photography and abstract expressionism are still inside of me and can be seen in my current work.
In art school, when I got to a stumbling block in my work the teacher would say