I believe that a journey started by leaving home continues with a life and work that is always aware of place. My work in theater and fine arts, when at its best, reflects my environment and it’s cultures, how I feel about the land I inhabit and the people I meet. I am only beginning to realize how that premise may manifest itself in my art and work here on the West Coast.
As a teenager in Flint, Michigan, my passion was oil painting. After attending the Chicago Academy of Art in 1960, I worked in advertising agencies and commercial art studios and then opened and operated a photography studio specializing in fashion and industrial advertising. My passions next turned to the stage and in ’67 I was invited to New York to direct a play. I worked 25 years as a theater producer and director in Manhattan. I completed an MA/Theater ’93, and taught play writing at Binghamton and SUNY-Purchase. In ’98, I learned the coding technologies required to put my diverse talents to use for small businesses as a web designer and developer.
I recently studied drawing and painting again at the Flint Institute of Arts School while caring for my parents until my mother’s death. Now residing in the Portland area, I am currently focused on drawing, painting and freelance web design.