I am an artist, art educator and writer, and I earned my MFA in photography at the San Francisco Art Institute, where I also studied painting. I am not a photographer’s photographer but rather a painter’s photographer – I think like a painter and create like a poet – but photography has always felt like my first home.
I am the emeritus Inaugural Anthony Petullo Professor of Art+Design at the University of Illinois, and am currently chair of the Department of Art at the University of Nevada, Reno. My work has been supported by numerous grants and fellowships, including the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rockefeller Foundation. I have exhibited throughout the world: North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. My work has been reproduced and featured in numerous books and periodicals, including Print Magazine, Communication Arts, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the LA Times.
I am hyper-visual and have found the image world to be a place where my intellect and emotions, my conscious and unconscious mind, all play their part in how I see, what I imagine, value, and understand, and how I make meaning. Image making has, for me, deeply psychological roots, and I see art making as a kind of philosophy in action.
Photography is about more than looking and recording. It is also a reflective process, one that is intelligent and disciplined. When our creative process combines both words and images, we have a tool that is magical and transformative. This has been my lived experience.
I am often asked if I am available for private mentoring, tutoring, coaching – people have used different descriptions. The short answer is that I already have a day job. The longer answer is that I do occasionally agree to work individually and privately, but its a very small cohort and admittance is by portfolio – I need to be somehow intrigued by what I see, and also get the feeling my sensibility would be a good fit with yours. You can email me and I will send more details: firstname.lastname@example.org