I’ve been painting my whole life. Notable people that have encouraged me to continue to paint as a “grown-up” were from my undergraduate studies at UNI: the greats frje Echeverria and Shirley Haupt. After recieving a full-ride scholorship for graduate studies at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, I worked with Phoebe Hellman, Walter Rogalski, Richard Bove and many others, but was mostly influeneced by what I saw in galleries, museums and libraries. Working in a library to eat while finishing my MFA, I was lucky to land a job at MoMA, where I could lurk in the halls and experience textures in different lights and shadows. From there I landed a job the National Gallery of Art in DC, where I drifted between both Wings, sketching and taking notes. Working in the Artists Books section at Yale University Gallery I had the pleasure of handling many loose prints and sketches by Picasso, Johns, Twombly and others. My art history studies and the studio work I produce coalesce at a meeting place of influence: George Inness (Tonalism sans the illumination), Marc Chagall (the Asian collection stuff), Adja Yunkers, J.M.W. Turner, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Albert Pinkham Ryder, Elizabeth Murray, John Marin, Winslow Homer, and Jasper Johns.

In the past I have done sculpture, printmaking and painting – figurative, abstract, expressive, and multimedia – mostly in oil, acrylic, and/or watercolor. Presently I am rendering landscape-urban park, city-scape, gardens, with or without figures.

Travelling between Pittsburgh, PA, USA and Taiwan, I am moved by the various nature settings that weave in-and-out-of industry and technology. Nature always wins, even when we ‘brush-up’ against it.

Worky-work:

Current: Librarian at Chatham University (Pittsburgh, PA, USA), Webmaster for http://african-diaspora-press.com/ (2002 – )

Author: Talons ; Smagnolian Riptitude – Book 3 (2020, ISBN 9798657062410),  Rings of Glaridon (2017, ISBN 9781542800501)

Formerly: Librarian at Bethany College, Yale University, University of Pittsburgh, Pratt Institute, Museum of Modern Art, National Gallery of Art and Getty Research Institute

US Patent: Media presentation system controlled by voice to text commands (2000)

Attended: Pratt Institute (MS-LIS, 1997), Pratt Institute (MFA-Painting, 1991), University of Northern Iowa (BFA-Painting, 1982), Waldorf College, East High Waterloo, Logan Jr. High, Lincoln Elementary and Helen Lemme Elementary in Iowa City

Taught: Community College of Allegheny College, Pratt Institute, Waldorf College

Exhibited: Various Galleries (Manhattan and Brooklyn), Pratt Institute (MFA), NEA Grant Show (DC), National Gallery of Art (staff show), Bat Studio (BFA), Waldorf College (Alumni)

Working knowledge of various ILS Systems: Koha, Innovative (Millennium), Voyager, Sirsi~Dynix, Endeavor; MARC, XML, HTML, FTP, CSS, PHP, JS, JQuery and SQL;

in process of learning DOM and Python