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In 1965 I was 17 years old and I wanted to be an artist. Willem de Kooning was my art hero but, for various reasons I didn't and anyhow I probably just didn’t know what I wanted to do. Later, I became an engineer and ultimately president of National Geographic’s mapping business.

 

40 years later in 2004, I retired to become a full-time artist. I could afford to define success in my way but it took a few years to find my voice – my soul’s work. My current work focuses on victims, witnesses and survivors.

My art is exhibited internationally at universities, art centers, museums and galleries. I am a frequent speaker and lecturer and my work has been featured and reviewed in the national and international media. More than 300,000 people follow my work on social media.