I make art because it brings me joy to make art.
In the late 1990’s, I worked at a geriatric hospital/nursing home as an Expressive Therapist. I made pottery with people, facilitated drum circles in various adult populations and I taught patients on the ventilator unit to meditate. I learned that music and art are very healing, and that, in my case, meditation enhances intuition.
My experiences in working at the nursing home taught me that our story doesn’t end when we die. The Dead can talk to us, and we to them. A lot of my work focuses on what happens after we die, and while it’s comforting to be able to communicate with those on the other side, we still miss their physical presence in our lives. My work is a tonic for that grief.
I do not believe our job in this world is to be miserable. I believe we are here to wake up and become present, and to learn to live in harmony with each other and the planet. We are here to experience love and joy it all its forms – Joie de Vivre.
Dioramas, Comics and Animation
My first recollection of drawing was with my father when I was five years old. We sat at our kitchen table drawing a detective dressed as Myotis Septentrionalis. I became quite hooked on comic books as a young boy, an affliction from which I never recovered.
I like the idea of taking an idea, which is a thought, and putting it inside on object – making the intangible real. I’m very interested in depth of field, shadows, and working on a very small scale. One of the first sculptures I made was a 12′ tall circus peanut for a public exhibition in downtown Baltimore. After the exhibit was over, I learned an artist has to store the work they create, and working small suddenly seemed appealing.
Each diorama is a scene from a larger story. Every container is a panel in an ongoing comic. Since 2011, I’ve made hundreds of dioramas in tins, cigar boxes, plastic packaging, spoons, shoes, cameras, bottles, watches and clocks. I’m also interested in animating some of my scenes, and I’ve been developing a process for stop motion animation on a multi-plane camera stand over the past several years.
This is a tiny fraction of my work, most of which has been chronicled on my blog, which began in 2007.