MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)Prior to 2012
Artist StatementThroughout my career as an artist and a professional photographer, I have been directed by two concerns: my commercial work demanded high technical proficiency and my personal work was directed by a desire to push the boundaries of traditional photographic image making. I made photographs for publications mainly for educational and institutional clients in the Mid-Atlantic area, as well as engaging in several compelling documentary projects, working almost exclusively with black and white film. I maintained a parallel career combining photographs, paint and other materials. This is the work that continues to engage me. I work from a library of my own photographs, combining images employing a varied subject matter. These constructions are narrative in their point of view, and are personal and experiential in nature. Collage traces it’s roots to surrealism, and it is this reprisal of the surrealistic discourse from a contemporary point of view that engages me. I use collage to make unique images and digital collage to make archival fine art prints. I travel widely to photograph on the street and in architectural spaces, capturing patterns, shadows and graffiti to make my images, which have their roots in philosophy and literature. I continue to use materials and concepts in an eclectic sense compelled by new ideas.
EDUCATION: Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD; Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA SELECTED EXHIBITIONS: Atlantic Gallery “ So Far” A 30 Year Retrospective. Solo. NYC Still Life Gallery “Patapsco; Life Along Maryland’s Historic River Valley”. Ellicott City, Md (2009); Pandion Gallery “Mixed Messages: A Selection of Work” Solo Fishers Island, N Y (2007); Gallerie Francoise ESF “The Shiny Show” with Tatiana. Baltimore, MD (2003) Enoch Pratt Library Central. “Voices of The Patapsco” Baltimore, MD. Solo (2002), Albin H. Kuhn Gallery, “Patapsco, Portrait of a Valley” University of Maryland BC. Solo (2001); University of Maryland UC, Two person show, Howard County Arts Center, “Patapsco, Portrait of a Valley” Solo (2000); SELECTED SHOWS: The Atlantic Gallery NYC group invitational (2009); Baltimore Museum of Art “Looking Through the Lens: Photography at The BMA” (2008); MAP “The Nude” Invitational; Kanagawa Japan Landscape and Nature; A View from Maryland State House, Annapolis, Md; Creative Alliance “The Big Show” Invitational Baltimore, MD (2007); Maryland Federation of Art Juried. “Exposing Injustice & Revealing Beauty”(2004); Wayne Art Center “Light & Landscape” Invitational. Wayne, Pa., Sassafras Gallery, “Darkroom, Lightroom” Invitational. Baltimore, MD (2003); Segreto, “The Print” Santa Fe, N.M. (2002); Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA (1994); Washington Center for Photography, Washington, DC (1992); San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA; International Center of Photography, NYC (1991); Goucher College, Towson, MD (1988); Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD (1981) COMMISSIONS & COLLECTIONS: Baltimore City Schools (1996); Baltimore Mass Transit Authority (1995-1988); National Park Service (1992); City of Baltimore, Mayor's Advisory Committee on Art & Culture (1991); Baltimore Museum of Art, permanent collection (1985); AT&T Technologies, permanent collection (1985); Black & Decker Industries, permanent collection (1985) PUBLICATIONS & AWARDS: Patapsco: Life Along Maryland’s Historic Maryland Valley published by The Center for American Places (2008) Center for Creative Arts, Wilmington, DE, first prize for photography (1992); Ten Thousand Eyes, ASMP's Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Photography (1991); Critic's Residency Program, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD (1990); Award of Merit, Strathmore Art Center, Washington, DC (1987)