CV (Very Abridged)
BFA, Ohio University, Visual Communications, Photography
MFA, Boston University, Playwriting
Co-founder, Boston Public Works Theater Company & Founding Artistic Director, Alley Cat Theater, Boston, Massachusetts
Serlachius Residency, Finland
Bromfield Gallery, "Wet", Boston
Tiny Seed Literary Journal
The Woven Tale Press (Fall/Winter)
L'Oeil de la Photographie
LST Online Gallery
Fusion Art 4th Cityscapes Competition (June 2019) Juried Art Exhibition Finalist
Vermont Studio Center
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. Then at a residency in Vermont in January 2017 while working on a play, just as inexplicably, I again picked the camera back up and picked up where I left off.
Ten years later...
I investigate the abstract world and nature.
Around August 2017 I began working on the series, “Order from Chaos.” I became compulsive and obsessive about making the images. I didn't know why, but it's all I wanted to do. At first I thought I would shoot a few more images then move on, but I continue to shoot the series to this day. I find it extraordinarily calming to walk through a forest and make these images. Using long focal length lenses, I peer into the landscape and compress the layers of lines, colors, shapes, texture, tones, light, and shadow. These abstract, painterly images are intentionally unromanticized and are inspired by abstract expressionistic paintings and the work of splatter painters like Jackson Pollock. They are what they are: color and line and shape and texture and tone and light and shadow. They are not intended for National Geographic or a calendar of images called Backroad Visions.
I have come to the conclusion that this project is my attempt to find beauty and order in chaos, which is what I see so much of in the world right now. In an ugly world, I feel that sometimes all I can do is show that beauty does exist. To me, these images are very optimistic and beautiful and contemplative.
I see the natural world everywhere, even when I’m in the center of some of our greatest urban environments. In a series of cityscapes, I explore the presence of nature in our urban world. My intent is to show the urban landscape as part of the natural world. I do not desire to present the urban environment grandly as Americans typically like to show our cities, or conversely as places of decay. I want to show that they can even be secondary to nature. And if I show the human presence at all in my work, it is a small presence and like the city itself, humans are hidden by nature and texture.
I am also beginning to explore the passage of time and decay as seen through the color and shape and the life and death of butterflies, and our notion of time/place by making images from a rapidly moving car.