About

Artist’s Statement

Life’s ambiguities, love, loss and longing, are the subject matter for my artwork. They often reflect my personal experiences, as an artist, teacher, traveler and twin. These ideas evolve through an intense engagement with found objects, collage materials, art history, and the meaningful search for content. My process is based on tableau photography. With an old 35mm camera, natural sunlight and found materials, I create a dialogue between the objects. In this new environment, the objects appear as actors on a stage, with a momentary pause in the action. The camera records this action, with results that mimics painting more than photography.

The Images reveal and conceal layers of information and ideas for the viewer to interrupt according to their own experiences. Often, the staged objects create a mood, a feeling of expectation that something has just happened—or is about to. A balancing act between what is real or merely realistic.

Exhibitions

*Indicates Solo Exhibition

2022
*One man exhibition, the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester MA
12th Annual Photo Book Show: Davis Orton Gallery, NY & the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester MA

2021
*All About Photo.com. Book Review Feature and Portfolio Presentation
Walnut Creek Photo Forum ’21 Presentation, Walnut Creek CA
Gray Loft Gallery, Oakland CA

2020
SF Camerawork Presentation, San Francisco CA
SFMOMA lecture for Docent Museum Guides, SFMOMA San Francisco CA
*All About Photo.com: AAP Magazine Merit Award and Portfolio Presentation

2019
Center for Photographic Art, Carmel CA
Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins CO

2018
Gray Loft Gallery, Oakland CA
Photo Alliance, Smith Andersen Gallery, San Anselmo CA

2017
*SF Camerawork, Lecture Presentation, San Francisco CA

2016
*ZYZZYVA  A National Literary Journal Spring/Summer edition. Featured artist including art works for both covers.
*Artist Residency, Bangkok Thailand
*CA MODERN MAGAZINE Featured Artist, CA

2015
*The Dryansky Gallery, San Francisco CA
*RMA Institute: Book Launch, Lecture, and Gallery Exhibition, Bangkok Thailand

2012
The Perfect Exposure Gallery, Los Angeles CA
*Thavibu Gallery, Bangkok Thailand

2011
*Rayko Photo Gallery San Francisco CA

2010
Bolinas Museum of Art, Bolinas CA
*Kathmandu Photo Gallery, Bangkok Thailand
Rayko Photo Center San Francisco CA

2008
*PhotoArts Asia EXPO, Bangkok Thailand
San Luis Obispo Art Center, San Luis Obispo CA

2007
*Kathmandu Photo Gallery, Bangkok Thailand

2006
*GarageGallery San Francisco CA

2005
*Montclair Gallery, Oakland CA
Rayko Photo Center San Francisco CA
ProArts New Visions, Oakland CA

2004
*Los Medanos College, Pittsburg CA

2003
*University of California, Chico CA

Academic Teaching Experience

Appalachian State University, NYC Extension Director, NYC NY
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL
Columbia University, NYC NY
East Carolina State University, Greenville NC
East Tennessee State University, Johnson City TN
Las Positas College, Livermore CA
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge LA
Montana State University, Bozeman MT
NSCAD University, Nova Scotia, Canada
Parsons School of Design, Art Consultant, Dominican Republic
Texas A & M University, Commerce TX
University of Illinois, Faculty Assistant, Champaign-Urbana IL
Western Illinois State University, Macomb IL

Selected Public Lectures

King Mongkut’s Institute of Art & Technology  Bangkok Thailand
RMA Institute  Bangkok Thailand
Tokyo Loretto Heights University  Denver CO
Long Island University, C.W. Post  Long Island NY
Bass Museum of Art  Miami FL
Richland College  Dallas TX
North Texas State University  Denton TX
NASCAD University  Halifax N S Canada
College of the Mainland  Texas City TX
Smithsonian Institute  Washington DC
The New School  New York City
Penland School of Crafts  Penland NC
University of Tennessee  Knoxville TN
University of Kentucky  Lexington KY
Eastern Kentucky University  Richmond KY
University of Montana  Missoula MT
Memphis Academy of Art  Memphis TN

Education

BS, MS, MFA
Illinois State University, Bloomington-Normal IL

Undergraduate
University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana IL
South Suburban College, Harvey IL

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