I was born in 1955 in New York City. My family soon moved to the Eastern Shore of Virginia and after age 9, my sister and I were taken to Chicago by my mother. It was in first grade that I found out, at least to myself that there was something I could do better than the other kids — make art. And though I majored in art in high school, it wasn’t until working on my graduate degree in thermal engineering that I realized this was the true love of my life. Eventually I knew I would need to go to New York City and moved there in 1980. I am still here and continue to make art in the East Village.
It wasn’t until 1995 that I began making my signature work through setup photography. I began building landscapes and objects out of plaster and other materials and submerging them into water in a large tank. As the work progressed I put various colored paints in the water and arranged materials in front of and behind the tank. With these methods I create new environments that have a special diffused glow caused by their immersion in water.
Since I started working with a water filled tank, most of the work I have made has related to the Hudson River school and the luminist School. Though I have always loved these paintings from the 19th century, I never intend to re-create the work directly. It is more by chance that they take on the appearance that they do. To me, they are expansive landscapes without people that relate to beautiful sunsets across great vistas on the shorelines of Virginia’s Eastern Shore that I experienced as a young child.
In the past year I have been in 4 museum exhibits: “Otherworldly” at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, “There were Mountains, Sunsets, and Ocean Shores” at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, “25 American Artists” at the Gyeongnam Museum of Art, South Korea and “Deconstructing Nature” at the Hunterdon Museum in New Jersey. I also had a solo exhibit at the Charles Bank gallery (in conjunction with Kinz Tillou Fine Art) in New York City and the David B. Smith gallery in Denver.