cv (very Abridged)
Training and Experience:
Co-founder, Boston Public Works Theater Company & Founding Artistic Director, Alley Cat Theater, Boston, Massachusetts
Private collections in Brooklyn, New York; Orlando, Florida; Quincy, Massachusetts.
Permanent Collection: Wheaton College (copies)
For years I worked as a corporate and freelance photographer/writer. In 2007 I inexplicably put down the camera—these things sometimes happen in the arts, these unexplained long-term departures. During my hiatus I dedicated myself fully to the theater: earning my MFA in playwriting, forming two theater companies, fundraising, sweeping the stage. (I co-founded Boston Public Works Theater Company and am the founding artistic director at Alley Cat Theater. Plays produced in Boston, New York, Provincetown, Chicago, Raleigh, and Los Angeles along with other, smaller cities; developed at Boston Playwrights Theater, The Inkwell, and Great Plains Theater Conference. Twice a semi-finalist at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Conference--2012 and 2020.)
At a residency in Vermont in January 2017 while working on a play, just as inexplicably, I again picked up the camera and picked up where I left off.
I am inspired by and attracted to nature. I like my solitude, and that’s what I find in nature, and in that solitude I find beauty and order. The absence of figures in most of my work is intentional. The viewer is not required to confront, compare, or deal with another human being in any way. For me, our world is too fast and hectic and threatening. We have too many pressures imposed on us by outside influences and ourselves. These images are made for each individual viewer. All that is required of them is to experience the image and respond. Like many artists, I'm not concerned with representing anything, only making something that never existed yesterday.
Nature is always the common element, the inspiration for my work, and I am drawn to the abstract world. My abstract, painterly images are inspired by abstract expressionistic paintings and the work of splatter painters like Jackson Pollock. Like the blues musician, Robert Johnson, who bargained his soul with the devil at the crossroads at midnight to be the greatest musician, if I met the devil I might strike a bargain to be a great painter.
My abstract images are not meant to be anything more than what they are: color and line and shape and texture and tone and light and shadow in a digital image, or an image that I typically print on Japanese Washi paper.
XX years later...