I was born in and raised near Washington D.C. The first of two separate year long forays to the Middle East led to a childhood sojourn in Rome and a later visit to Pompeii that continues to influence me today.
In 1970 I spent the first of three summers in Cummington Community of the Arts,in Cummington Massachusetts before moving to the West Coast to attend the California College of Arts and Crafts. In the 1980s I began studying printmaking at Fort Mason, and was among the Fort Mason Printmakers for over twenty years.
I learned about saucing paper with color washes in a drawing class at City College of San Francisco.Fora long time I printed my sauced papers at Fort Mason; now I apply collage scraps before beginning to draw when the paper calls for them.
For some time I interpreted classical mythology in gay male terms, with modern models as gods and goddesses, I now often combine figures from late 19th and early 20th century personal postcards with my models. These images often include birds, fish, or animals, as the drawing demands.
All my subjects are a conduit for exploring a fascination with marks on paper, and how a simple variation in a line or a tiny stroke can transform an image. I am increasingly interested in preparing the paper surfaces with various gels and gessos to increase depths of color and texture.
My drawings are an attempt to explore the extraordinary splendor of ordinary people, to capture those unseen Pompeian paintings, those ancient and more recently vanished lives, and to preserve ours.