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I live in a cabin in the woods in the Catskill Mountains of New York. My background is in painting and drawing, but fifteen years ago I inherited a K.B. Canham large format camera from someone I greatly admire. I taught myself how to use the camera and gradually accomplished what I was striving for in drawing and painting, through photography. I gather much of my inspiration from looking at drawings and paintings continuously over decades.

My mother was also an artist. She had a wealth of talent and worked steadily throughout her life, yet her number one role was to take care of her family. Sadly, she left behind a legacy of unwanted, unpublished, unknown work. I realize, now that she has passed away, that part of my determination to receive acknowledgement and support from the art world is to reward her for her efforts and to create a continuum.

Since breaking my neck in a car crash at the age of twenty, I have developed a strong spiritual life and practice for which I have made annual trips to India for the last thirty-five years to study yoga, meditation and Sanskrit and to adapt a way of life simpler and more ritualistic than I had known before.

I received a BFA from SVA in NYC and an MFA in drawing, printmaking and painting from the Yale School of Art in 1994, where I later taught. I also taught at Dartmouth College. I have exhibited at the Bill Maynes Art Gallery, the Lower East Side Printshop, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Paula Cooper Gallery, The Griffin Museum of Photography, John Davis Gallery, and Le Salon Vert in Switzerland. I received a 2016 New York Foundation for the Arts grant in photography. I was an International Portfolio Winner in the Soho Photo Gallery competition in 2019.

My work has been collected by the New York Public Library as well as many private collections including Lois Conner, Louise Fishman, An-My Lê, Frances Barth, Bruce Gagnier, Sylvia Mangold, Dan Walsh, and Chris Martin.