Born 1958

I grew up in a suburban “development” in Poughkeepsie, New York 100 miles north of NYC. After winning the Charles Burchfield Scholarship for Art I attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 1976. At Pratt I studied under Howard Buchwald, whose post-minimalist/process teachings emphasized a reductionist’s approach to painting, with a consciousness toward the painting object’s physical relationship to the maker/viewer and the physicality of mark making. Upon graduation I found myself confronted with a burgeoning neo-expressionist art scene in New York City’s East Village and much of the artistic activity was played out as artist organized shows in various nightclubs and alternative spaces. My work thus adopted an edgy, graphic, second-wave graffiti sensibility, while still attempting to resolve issues of boundary, structure and device in relation to easel painting, and I created my first two-sided interactive painting structures at this time. In 1994 I moved to Maine with my wife and two children. There I joined the Union of Maine Visual Artists, designed and maintained their first website and helped organize several political art actions. In 2000 I was invited onto the board of directors of Waterfall Arts, in which I served for 10 years. During that time I created and maintained their first website, organized an interactive exhibit of Exquisite Corpses and built their Clifford Gallery exhibition space. In 2002 I met the political artist Luis Camnitzer through the Drawing Center’s viewing program, whose reaction to my practice, had a significant influenced on me to commit myself more fully to creating politically engaged art and additionally and subsequently, expansively explore the allure of the military economy. Following this were large solo installations; at Space Gallery in Portland, Maine in 2010, "The Hellfire Story", exploring the development of the Hellfire Missile System, "Distress" at BUOY in Kittery, in 2013, exploring the economy of Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, and "Parabellum" at the Zillman Museum in Bangor, Maine and travelling to the Governor's Island Art Fair, NYC in 2014, exploring the psychology of P.T.S.D. against the backdrop of advancing weaponry as a solution to war.  In 2017 I was awarded a mid career Esther and Adolph Gottlieb Foundation Grant. In 2023/24 I created "The Shroud Cycle" a multi-venue four part, aesthetic and associative exploration of veneration and war.