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Artist Statement

The conscious state of wonder is explored as an uplifting expansion of humankind's awareness of inner and outer nature and our ties to the universe. The position of the viewer at a human's foot level with a perspective view upwards is meant to reinforce this attitude.

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I have a hand-drawing personal style that I love, but also use photorealistic collage style for some surreal work. In addition, I continue to enjoy explorations in every direction.

My surreal visionary style is conceived in the bowels of endless empty space. Worlds come out of nowhere to define and fill empty space with form and reflected light. I use posed photographs with specific viewpoints that join seamlessly with other images to develop a hallucinogenic, some say gut-wrenching realistic space where mind-bending visions rule.

My personal drawing style is in its simplest essence the line; the drawn line and what it represented as the delineation of a form, a space, almost the way a topographical line feels out the form of a hill, or the way a blind man feels out the tender forms of his or her lover.

That line is also the signature of the vibration of life and life's emotions, twisted by the influence of others, fighting for a day in the sun, learning the way of calm, the mastery of the surf of life and the swell of love and anger. Brownian motion, cosmic ray decay, elemental particles, the paths of chaos, entropy, and rejuvenation, it has all come down to the line.

Somewhere the two basic styles of real-world conceptual surrealism and personal drawing style meet. That meeting has generated a third style where surrealistic vision is shaped by a personal drawing energy.

These are all the stylistic tools I use. Those tools can be effected by drawing instruments such as pencils, brushes, or computer. The visions themselves are guided by my life experience and quest to both understand as much as I can about life and our universe, and also by a sense of emotion. At this point in my life I have left all the dark lands behind, and though they may appear from time to time as a point of reference, my journey now climbs into the lands of nirvana, where, like the Voyager spacecraft, I will try to send back images of my experiences for as long as my batteries last.

Artist Exhibitions

Recent Shows 2008 – 2012

Galatea Fine Art - New England Collective III - Boston, MA - Aug 2012
LAP Gallery - Zines Group Show - Waltham, MA - May, 2012
Galatea Fine Art - Solo Show - Boston, MA January 2012
Artmarket Gallery & Exhibitions – Juried Show – Boston, MA, June 2009
Experimental Art Gallery – Juried Show – Salem, MA, June 2009
Trees Atlanta - Trees in Art Exhibit - Atlanta, GA, May 2009
Group Show - Gale Library Annual Art Exhibition - Newton, NH, April 2009
Projekt30.com on-line juried exhibition, March 2009
Projekt30.com on-line juried exhibition, December 2008

National Juried Shows

Ellsworth Gallery, Simsbury, CT, 1977, 1978
Greater Fall River Art Association, Fall River, MA, 1978
Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, PA, 1978, 1980
North Platte Valley Artist's Guild, Scottsbluff, NE, 1979
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH, 1982
Springfield Art League, Springfield, MA, 1983, 1984

Solo Shows

Gallery 33, Concord, NH, 1977
First and Second Unitarian Universalist Church, Boston, MA, 1979
Ainsworth Gallery, Boston, MA, 1979
New Hampshire College, Manchester, NH, 1981, 1984
Galatea Fine Art, Boston, MA 2012


Honorable Mention, Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, PA, 1978
Juror's Prize, "UNH Revisited" Alumni Show, Durham, NH, 1981
Best of Show, New Hampshire Arthritis Foundation Annual Art Exhibit, Concord, NH, 1981, 1982
Sawyer Memorial Award for Painting, 38th Annual New Hampshire Art Association Exhibition, Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, NH, 1985

Artist Publications


Artist Collections

Numerous private, corporate, museum, gallery and government collections detailed information coming soon.

Artist Favorites