ABOUT THE ARTIST
As in primary cultures, my art is an integral part of my life; a spiritual journey intimately connected to the natural world.
Throughout human history art has made reference to mankind's relationship to the natural world. Thomas Cole wrote In 1848 about "the heedless destruction of nature by man" in response to the destruction of an ancient cedar grove and Indian burial ground in upstate New York, to make way for the impending railroad. Cole and other Hudson River School painters portrayed the divine in nature, but too often the acts of humans visually dramatize our lack of this awareness.
There is an inherent “spirit” in all of nature, which I endeavor to understand and express in a visual way. Each place has it’s own particular “Genius Loci” or sense of place, as described by the Hudson River School painters. Working on location allows me the sublime experience of being part of this sacred place where I belong.
In 1969, while attending Philadelphia College of Art, I noticed a sapling pushing its way up through the pavement and I realized that the spirit of nature could not be contained, even when paved over. I dedicated my life's work to understanding this spirit.