I grew up in California, USA, received a BA in Architecture in 1964, and a MFA in photography from the University of New Mexico in 1973. Following graduation I was appointed as a professor at Cornell University in the Art Department where I taught photography and digital imaging for almost 30 years. In 1999 I retired from Cornell to pursue my career as an artist full time.
My works have been exhibited nationally and internationally for over 40 years as a photographer and digital artist. My artwork is in such collections as the San Francisco Museum of Art, Bibilotech National in Paris, German Photographic Society, and many other locations.
When it comes to my art I am an explorer. Photography was first for me in the 1950's as it opened ways of seeing and picture making that I had not experienced before. Then in the 1980’s as the result of a Cornell University grant I was able to get state of the art computer equipment and software and start looking for ways to make art through this new technology. Over the years computers and software have evolved in power and capabilities and hence my work as an artist using digital processes has expanded as well.
In 2004 I got my first iPhone and began using it as a camera which opened up a new way to capture images as my iPhone was always with me while my more sophisticated DSLR camera was not. However these first phone images were small and somewhat limited even though on the plus side I had many more image grabbing opportunities.
A few years ago the iPhone suddenly leaped forward in capability and I also became aware that there were now many new apps for it. That started another round of exploration using new apps to transform images into something not previously seen. Apps have now become available in a growing constant flow and offer added extraordinarily picture possibilities. I look for new ones every day.
My works on this site show my new ways of seeing and picturing using digital technology. Sometimes I may use multiple apps transforming a iPhone image into something not previously seen, and even something I could not have even imagined. And often I don’t know what I will get when I start even though I do have some favorite apps that yield familiar transformations. At times people ask me how do I know when to stop when applying and using these apps. My reply is that like many other artists when I think that it looks and feels right then I know that I am done.
Supporting these current works are my 60 plus years as an artist and before that 15 years as an architect in California which provided me with strong design and composition training. But I also love textures and recently I have been using apps that adds layers of textures which hearken back to my early years in photography where images of pealing paint and weathered textures most often caught my attention as photographs. I suppose one could say that weathered texturing is for me a symbol, an awareness that life is about changes and continuing ongoing movement from something new to something old and back again, an ongoing never ending cycle.