In 1964 I was 16 years old and I wanted to be an artist. Willem de Kooning was my art hero but, the Vietnam War was raging, I couldn’t afford art school and 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.
I have always tried to make a difference - to be part of a larger conversation - to engage, motivate and heal - to be part of the solution through my work, volunteer activities and outside interests.
The essence of my art is the exploration of fundamental issues of our time. I now explore violence, addiction and stigma with its victims, witnesses and survivors.
My work 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 local, national and international media. More than 300,000 people follow my work on social media.