I’ve been an artist my entire life. I got my first guitar at 9, my first camera at 11 and have been painting, drawing and making things as long as I can remember. In college I studied both photography and studio arts. I was particularly interested in fine photographic printing and pursued that in NYC after graduation. When I moved into the city in 1980 I was able to work with and meet many artists I had only studied in college: Lisette Modell, Larry Clark, Larry Fink, Bruce Davidson, Jill Freedman and Robert Mapplethorpe and David Hockney among them.
I left New York in 1986 to get out of darkrooms (at least for a while) and concentrate on painting. I had 12 one man shows over the next 15 years, participated in many group shows and published many illustrations for academic research publications. In 2000 I was raising 2 kids on my own and took a long break from exhibiting. I took a job at Juniata College, in Huntingdon, PA which led me into both an MFA in Photography and a long process of learning film and new media production. The production team I built won 5 Telly Awards, a Davey Award and national press coverage for our work.
When I left Juniata in 2014 I worked professionally in the film industry – on independent films, commercials, features, industrials in both Austin, TX and Minneapolis, MN. This invaluable experience introduced me to tools, methods and processes that I now use every day. It was working as a gaffer on independent films trying to create realistic natural light effects that brought me back not only to photography but to new approaches in painting.
I am continuing that work, finding that no matter how much I have learned about light, shadow and the manipulation of shadow I still learn something new every day. I am endlessly fascinated by shadows, bending light, reflections and transparency. In addition to photographing and painting in this work I am writing a book on techniques of manipulating light and shadow.