I am an artist and visual explorer who uses paint, clay, stone, wire, wood, paper, and pixels to create and discover new visual worlds. My work has evolved from recording the beauty and variety of the external world to creating my own imaginary worlds, as evidenced in my paintings, sculptures, photographs and digital works. Although my work is stylisticly varied, it does have undercurrents of Expressionism, Lyrical Abstraction and a dash of Dada; as well as reflecting my Northern European roots and the influences of a formal graduate education in art history and philosophy.
My works have been displayed, sold or published by a variety of organizations including: Saatchi Gallery Online, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, the BBC Collective Gallery, Downtown LA Life International Magazine, Fora Do Tempo, Boletin del Instituto Andaluz del Patrimonio Historico (PH 60) in Seville, Spain; Qind Magazine (London, England), Hackeando Catatau (Portugal), * Marilenalaterza (Italy), Eroski Consumer (Spain), Progressive Buddhism, Chaotic (U.K.) Green Hills Literary Lantern, Detroit Free Press, Times Union in Albany NY, File Magazine, Flak Photo, Michigan in Pictures, Exposure Detroit Selective Focus Show, the permanent collection of the Meteor Photo Gallery, and the Agitatto Gallery in Geneva, Switzerland. My works are also in private collections in Europe, the Middle East and the U.S. My work has been the subject of a one-man show and I have appeared in various group shows in the US.
I am a self-taught
artist who has been honing his artistic skills for over 40 years. I have worked as a
professional photographer, off and on, for 18 years, undertaking assignments as diverse as
architectural photography, executive portraits, special events and product packaging. I
also have taught art history, philosophy and logic at various colleges and universities in
Michigan and was chairman of the Humanities department at Duns Scotus College in the
1970s. Out of financial necessity, I became a stockbroker with Paine Webber, which then
led to a position with American Motors as Senior Econoimic Analyst and eventually as
Manager of Investor and Financial Communications. After parting ways with AMC, I became
Vice President of Professional Services and Investor Relations for Michigan's largest PR
firm, Anthony M. Franco, Inc. Finally, I founded my own PR firm in 1989 specializing in
communications for professional firms. After a 21 year run, I closed the business down in
2010 to focus all my attention on my art. I have two Masters degrees, one in Humanities
and the other in Philosophy from Wayne State University.