I was Born 09/25/1957 in Walnut Creek, California, U.S.A.--suburb to Oakland/San Francisco. I have been capturing images since 1977, and the work presented here spans approximately 36 years. Most of my work has come in spurts of inspiration, usually after attempting inauthentic career moves. My only formal study was in Zurich, Switzerland with commercial photographer/artist Jurgen Tapprich. After our collaboration and marital failure I returned to San Francisco where I began working with Larry Keenan for a few years. After this period of work and study I returned to university to finish my degree in philosophy and go on for an advanced degree in Clinical Psychology and attained and attain a license for clinical practice. I am an artist and psychotherapist; observation and evaluation with relationship being everything.
My work is intuitive and comes into focus when mindful. My early photographic influences include Edward Weston, Jerry Ulesmann, Larry Keenan, Philippe Halsman, Helmut Newton, Mark Boyle. I am also influenced by Abstract Expressionism, especially Wassily Kandinsky. Intellectual influences include Martin Heidegger, Karl Jaspers, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Alfred North Whitehead. I entered the International Photography Awards and received 3 honorable mentions: 2 in the abstract and other category for my work CAVE PAINTING in 2008; and another in the category of abstract for my work THE FIELD in 2010. I am seeking representation, exhibition opportunities, gallery relationships, and friendship and collaboration.
Fair Oaks, CA, United States
My work is connected to the 1970's culture of Berkeley's Telegraph Avenue and San Francisco's Haight while in decline during the late 1970's and early 1980's. My lens often points downward to the ground where most artistic investigation begins. I was a lost soul during this time quaking from parental divorce and childhood sexual abuse. I have lived out most of my life bouncing between the poles of power and control and the naive. I see the latent images of my own psychological struggles in my work. I have not been a constant gardener of my talents or artistic output. Early works were straight photography. Later works with digital capture became influenced by digital painting. I have some cognitive challenges so dates and times for work is approximate. I am surprised so much has survived. I am working on a more straight forward pricing structure of my work.
Most of my formal education working in the studio or behind the camera was given via the apprentice/master relationships. I began working in the studio of Jurgen Tapprich in Zurich, Switzerland in 1981. During this time I was introduced to studio craft and the world of commercial photography. During this time I shot almost exclusively in black and white while on the streets of Zurich, and 4x5 or 8x10 transparency film in the studio, devouring as much film as my master would allow.
Upon moving back to San Francisco I began working with Richard Hixson, Morton Beebe, and eventually exclusively with Larry Keenan between the years of 1984 and 1987. During this time I developed a mixed portfolio with abstract photography and product photography. My art is informed by everything that I do and am.