Getting to the point, the depth, the essential core of whatever is happening has been a driving force in my life. As an artist and psychotherapist, it is when I see each person’s inner beauty flicker as it enlivens their face, or their body, and in the fractal patterns of their life, or performance.
In my nearly 20 years as a psychotherapist, I have witnessed this gold reveal itself in my private practice, Threshold Counseling. As a photographer, I am also a witness to those same moments in life when what is essential is revealed, at births and deaths, tragedies and triumphs.
I grew up immersed in the arts and the pursuit of beauty. My camera and I attended landmark events in the Sixties: the Elysian Park Love-In (LA’s first Love-in), the Monterey International Pop Festival, and the Big Sur Festival of 1968.
My camera also accompanied me as I was the cook for an intentional community on the banks of the Shenandoah River in the ‘70s, and at home births and deaths in Carmel Valley and Santa Cruz, CA in the ‘80’s. As a grief counselor and a believer in the power of art to heal even the deepest wounds, I photographed the self-healing instant memorials that filled our streets and gathering places after the American tragedies of Columbine High School (as a volunteer grief counselor), and 9/11 as an American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Counselor in New York City.
I now record the rehearsal process of the performing arts for Core Theatrics; the Atlanta Musicians Orchestra; the life affirming performance piece, “Creativity in Captivity” (a collection of works created in various camps during WWII) which has been performed in the US and Mexico; and for the Seattle Theater Group’s “Dance This!”
My photos are the "quilts" I would leave behind had I grown up on the American prairie as opposed to the beaches of Southern California, the streets of San Francisco, and the canyons of Hollywood.
My arms are full of images, and I offer them to you.