In the late ’60s during a USAF tour of duty in the Far East I learned the essentials of still photography as well as the fundamentals of sumi-e (Japanese ink painting), and the tenets of Zen. Following military service and subsequent studies for a degree in communications, I pursued a career in broadcast video production where composing and editing the moving image not only demanded extensive photographic expertise but practical knowledge of all aspects of media production from audio to art direction. Although much creative energy is tapped for producing, directing, scripting, and editing, my true artistic calling was not fully realized in the commercial video arena. I attained complete artistic freedom through independent video art projects and digital print making. Since retirement from TV broadcasting I now focus on these endeavors daily, with major emphasis on the latter. Since the early 1980s my artworks have been featured at: The Whitney Museum of American Art, SFMOMA, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Triton Museum of Art, Washington Project for the Arts, D.C. Art Center, Arlington Arts Center, Faber Birren National Color Award Show, AFI and numerous other film festivals, and art spaces in New York, Washington DC, Virginia and California.

Artist’s Statement

To experience the big picture, a body of work spanning over two decades, including abstracts, digital photographic collages and video art, please visit my website. The images shown here spotlight current work. The new Bardo Series breeches the boundaries of photography and challenges rules, restrictions and definitions. Since camera and lens remain integral to this image making process, the resulting compositions can be described as “enhanced photographic art.”  Having said that, I consider myself more of a digital artist than a fine art photographer. 

The Bardo project presents positive, meditative, abstract works about transcendence. Not only do these pieces attempt to elevate the spirit of the viewer, all of the processes involved in their creation are thoroughly meditative for the artist. These archival pigment prints are comprised of high energy fractal renderings superimposed over still-framed video feedback backgrounds, some fused with aerial photography or other natural sources. Fractals are CGI visualizations of mathematical formulae that emulate repeating patterns found in nature, from river deltas to plant blossoms to orbits, sub-atomic and astronomical. If that’s a bit much to contemplate, all one needs to know is that this series was inspired by levels of being and states of consciousness rooted in Tibetan Buddhism. As you look deeper into each composition, your mind will hopefully transcend mundane concerns and, even if just for a moment, approach a deeper level. 

Mathematical relationships have been integrated in the arts from the time of cave paintings. Digital fusion of the above elements opened new doors of perception for me to delve deeper into the mathematics of art. Whether I apply mixed-media to surface, photograph the perfect composition, or push geometric fomulae to their limits, it’s all about the final result: a visually compelling composition that will draw you in.