BFA – Painting ’82 – Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Ma.
Since the 70’s my passion as a photographer has been in finding real moments of beauty, regardless of subject, where a certain quality of light exists and from a point of view not seen before. It makes for a constant challenge.
Painting is a whole other thing. I usually work from my photographs with no deliberate outcome in mind. Realism and abstraction competing for the same space.
After establishing a painted backdrop business in 1985 I began seriously photographing and painting my adventures. Beginning in 1992, I spent several years in Jamaica making friends and selling postcards of the paintings. I would fly into Kingston, rent a car, pick up a bodyguard, fill the trunk with postcards and then circle the island making deliveries to the resort hotels. All the while painting in the hotel room at night. Helping me along the way was a strong resemblance to Chuck Norris who was very popular in Jamaica.
In December 2000, realizing it was a short flight from Montego Bay, I made my way to Cuba for the 1st time. Another beautiful island ….a magical place… frozen in time.
In 2005 Block Island, 13 miles of the coast of Rhode Island, became my next island destination to explore, photograph and paint ….and the adventures continue to this day.