Born in Chicago in 1954, attended 12 schools in 12 years, attended art schools in 3 different continents. San Francisco art institute. Beaux Arts in Paris. Belles Artes In Mexico.
Lived, created and exhibited in 10 different countries.
Discovered New Zealand in 2000 and settled in Wanaka because I didn’t need to lock my bicycle.
A natural assumption would be that the stunning landscapes and pristine surroundings would be the subject of my work , however my main goal is to attempt to create what hasn’t been created. Most of my work originates from my imagination. So the mountains and lakes of central Otago make my mind at ease, my spirit soothed by its natural wonderment, and a basic sense of privilege to be living in a post card, but landscapes are not normally my subject matter.
Much like Paul Klee, Alexander Calder, Saul Steinberg, I like to portray humour, and reflect the happiness that drives me to produce. My early career was as a cartoon illustrator. I also was a street performer during my twenties, juggling to music throughout Europe and a short-lived attempt at stand up comedy.
Once introduced to cubism, a new direction took over, strong influences from Picasso, Braque, Leger, Gris and alternative techniques from Kurt Schwitters. All providing unique interpretations of real objects, compositions and materials.
I’ve been a frustrated pianist for 45 years. This has enforced my appreciation for music, movement and improvisation, all inspiring my creative process. And all the different addresses I’ve had led me to be totally unafraid of changes and taking chances.
When asked to describe my work, I always reply; “ if I could I would have been a writer instead.”
My favourite saying is: “I used to be a starving artist, but now I see myself as a successful creative soul with an eating disorder”