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I was born in 1948 into a prosperous family from New Orleans, Louisiana. My father and mother loved and cared for me along with my two brothers. Like lots of people of their generation, at the end of WWII, my parents lived large and fast and focused. They did not always have time to focus on their kids, but neither did they forget or neglect us. In fact, they were adventuresome, and worldly, and curious people who included their sons in many adventures, introduced us to many interesting situations and characters, many of whom show up in my work to this day.
I was not a particularly disciplined student. Perhaps sitting in a classroom did not capture my imagination as much as the “adventures” mentioned above. The school I attended had a wonderful art program in which I spent as much time as the school would allow. Somewhere late in my college years my curiosity and penchant for adventure took off and remains to this day. I like action, change, and experimentation. I was educated at great private schools, from Louisiana to New Hampshire. I have two undergraduate college degrees: one from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee in history, and a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island. In addition, I am proficient in computer science, photography, and foreign language, all acquired from an unimpeded urge to learn those things that I needed to make my way in complicated circumstances. I have worked as a cab driver, construction worker building offshore oil platforms, middle manager in a comic book publishing company in Mexico, lending officer in a New York Bank. I learned to speak Spanish in a communist language institute in Cuernavaca, Mexico. I have travelled the world in unusual circumstances. Adventure has rounded out my formal education.
For eighteen years I was the president and ultimately owner of a publishing and printing company that I built and sold. I started the first internet service provider in New Orleans, envisioning the importance of easy public access to the nascent internet and have been immersed in computers and computing and the internet ever since. Because I was able to set my own schedule, I had no difficulty doing two things at once, so I continued to paint and show my work, but at a somewhat slower pace. In 2000, I left my business life and returned full time to painting and showing.
Painting is, and always has been, the way I process the life I experience, particularly those things that other than by drawing, painting, and making object would have no means of resolution and expression. I never thought that what I was doing was anything other than “speaking” and “processing” in the way that was most natural to me. My work has been exhibited in a diverse array of venues such as the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Lilly Islin Gallery, Virginia Lynch Gallery, in Rhode Island; and the Contemporary Art Center and Simonne Stern Gallery and Aldrich Leatherman Gallery in New Orleans; 571 Projects in New York, the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Connecticut, among others. I have received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center in Vermont and the Cill Rialiag Art Center in Ireland. I print regularly with master printers at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk Connecticut; 10 Grand Press in Brooklyn, NY; and Anthony Kirk Editions in New York.
I love art. I love to look at it, study it, and especially make it. I also love life and the people in my life, I think it’s important to say, perhaps even more than art. I have been married for 35 years to my wife, Elissa. We have 3 sons, a daughter who is marriedand now we have 3 grand children. As long as the images keep emerging. I will continue to show up in my studio daily.