Bio / Résumé

In the cold dim basement of my parent's house in upstate New York, sandwiched between grey cement-block walls and fire-belching furnace, I taught myself oil painting. I was twelve years old.

The paintings sold, and I dreamed about a career as an oil painter. But the fear of fire-belching furnaces and searing-hot rejection led me instead to pursue set and costume design. 

Following high school I enrolled at Carnegie-Mellon University where I won placement to assist designers at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis. As one of two college students in the United States, I also won an invitation and grant to work at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-on-Avon. In spite of a promising career, however, I decided to exclusively focus on drawing and painting. I spent the next seven years working as an illustrator and graphic artist. 

Until, that is, a last-minute camping trip to New Mexico changed everything. Never before had I felt so at-home in the world. So connected to the earth.

I immediately sold my house and graphic art business and, along with the woman who was to become my wife, moved to Santa Fe.  I felt impelled to capture my feeling for the land and light in paint—and finally face my fear of artistic rejection. After a decade of painting landscapes full-time, I began to work in the film industry for additional income. Simultaneously, writing became an important means of self expression, one that involved something I had been adverse to using: the computer. 

My affinity with the technology came as a surprise. Just as surprising the computer provided me a wholly new and radically different way to create artwork. Since 1997 I have been exploring digital media as a means for creating works of art . In 2009 I bought my first single lens reflex digital camera and have been making photographic images ever since.


Education

Carnegie-Mellon University, BFA Drama [Set Design]

Earl Stroh, Painting Mentor

 

Invitational Exhibitions

2011 Fifty New Mexico Landscape Photographers, Johnson's Gallery of Madrid. Madrid, NM

2007 Digital Art Show, Farrell Fishoff Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2007 ARTREACH, New Mexico Cancer Center Foundation, Albuquerque, NM

2004 DFAS-NM 2004, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM

1986 Southwest Landscapes, Second Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1986 Landscape/Cityscape, The Governor's Gallery, State Capitol Building, Santa Fe, NM

1986 The Alter Ego Show, Sena Gallery West, Santa Fe, NM

1983 New Mexico Landscapes, Santa Fe Festival of Arts, Santa Fe, NM


Juried Exhibitions

2004 New Mexico Digital 2004, South Broadway Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM by Mel Straw [Artist, Educator and Writer] and Paul Miyamoto [Professor, Communication Arts, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY]

2003 New Mexico Digital 2003, Mesa Public Library, Los Alamos, NM by Karen Rudd [New Mexico Arts] and Alex Traube [New Mexico Culture Net]

1989 Selections '89, College of Santa Fe Fine Arts Gallery by Dianne Vanderlip [Contemporary Art Curator, Denver Art Museum]

1984 New Discoveries of New Mexico, Santa Fe Festival of Arts by Tricia Hurst [Arts Writer], Mary Carroll Nelson [Arts Author and Writer] and E. Wally Sargent [Festival of Arts Founder, Collector]

1983 The Scene: A Landscape Exhibit, Stables Art Center, Taos, NM by Sheldon Reich [Art History Professor, University of Arizona, Tucson], Ellen Bradbury [Director, Santa Fe Festival of Arts] and Meridith Hunter [Meridith Hunter Gallery]

1983 Taos Today, Taos Art Association by Patricia Catlett [Albuquerque Art Association], Gerald Peters [Gerald Peters Gallery] and Joyce Pardington [Arts Writer]

1982 Santa Fe: Works on Paper, Santa Fe Festival of Arts, by Philip Yenawine [Director, Heydt/Bair Gallery], Kathleen Peters [Sena Galleries] and Linda Durham [Linda Durham Galleries]

1982 Landscapes of Taos, Taos Art Association by Harold Joe Waldrum [Artist], Maggie Kress [Maggie Kress Gallery] and Douglas Pedersen.

1981 The October Show, Albuquerque Art Association, NEA Funded, by Katharine Chafee [Colorado Editor, Artspace Magazine], Harry Nadler [Artist, University of New Mexico Art Professor]

  

One Man and Group Exhibitions

2007-2008 Farrell Fishoff Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2007-2008 NM Cancer Center Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

1988-1989 Linda McAdoo Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1986-1988 Sena Gallery East, Santa Fe, NM

1985 Terrero Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

 

Awards

1987 Purchase Award for "Aquatic Mural" given by Los Alamos County Art in Public Places for the Larry R. Walkup Natatorium, Los Alamos, NM

1989 Award of Merit for "October Reflections" painting given by Dianne Vanderlip, Contemporary Art Curator of the Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO

 

Selected Collections

Kathleen and Gerald Peters, Santa Fe, NM
First National Bank of Denver, Denver, CO
E. Wally Sargent, Santa Fe, NM
Valley National Banks of Phoenix, Phoenix AZ
U S West, Denver, CO
Mt. Sinai Hospital, NYC


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