| Bio/CV |

       

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. I became an engineer and ultimately president of National Geographic’s world-wide mapping businesses. 40 years later in 2004, I retired to become a full-time artist. I could afford to define success in my own way but it took a few years to find my voice – my soul’s work.


I paint to make a difference - to be part of a larger conversation - to engage, motivate and heal - to be part of the solution. It’s just who I want to be.


The essence of my art is the exploration of fundamental issues of our time. I explore intolerance, discrimination, addiction, violence and war with its victims, witnesses and survivors.


Many if not most of my 300,000 social media followers are from regions wracked by violence and discrimination. Some write to me. A Syrian woman in a refugee camp wrote to tell me that after seeing one of my paintings that she knew I understood her and that she wanted to die. The next morning she looked at the same painting and saw hope in the woman’s eyes and she knew then that she too could have hope. She told me that I saved her life. This is why I paint.


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. 



The following is a partial list of noteworthy exhibits that I have participated in. For a comprehensive list including awards and more than 25 one-person exhibitions see my complete exhibit history.

                                                                 

2020        

Den Gallery – Kuwait City, Kuwait, one-person exhibition (upcoming)


2019        

Bill Lowe Gallery, “Visual Manifesto”, Atlanta GA, one-person exhibition

University of Science and Arts, Chickasha OK, "Victims, Witnesses, Survivors", one-person exhibition

Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Grand Junction CO, Contemporary Figure 2019: Biennial

Den Gallery, “Vivid”, Kuwait City, Kuwait

Sunny Art Center, "Social Representations”, London, UK, one-person exhibition

Art of the State 2019, Arvada Center, Arvada CO

 

2017 - 2018        

Ponzio Art Center, Colorado Academy, Denver, CO, one-person exhibition

Monmouth University Center for the Arts, “Artivism”, West Long Branch NJ

Concordia University, Kreft Center for the Arts, Ann Arbor MI

Space Gallery, Reconfigured II, Denver CO - one-person exhibition

Bill Lowe Gallery, “Resiliance: In The Eyes”, Atlanta GA, one-person exhibition

Dairy Arts Center, Collaboration with sculptor R. Reutimann, “Neo-Cubism – A New Perspective”, Boulder CO

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, “Art and Conflict”, Arvada CO

Seven-State Biennial, Univ. of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Charles Goddard Art Center and Museum of the Red River (Best in Show)

Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, “Black and White”, juried by Alison Hokanson of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Special Recognition) 

Boulder Creative Collective, Victims, Witnesses and Survivors, one-person exhibition


2014 - 2015        

Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, “Black and White”, juried by Christiane Paul of the Whitney Museum of American Art (Best in Show)

Governors Art Show, Loveland Museum, Loveland CO    

Florida State University Museum of Fine Art, Tallahassee, FL

New York Hall of Science Museum, Science Inspires Art  

Seven-State Biennial, Goddard Art Ctr, juried by Mark White of the Fred Jones Museum of Art-Univ of Oklahoma

 

2011 - 2013        

Knoll Gallery, Best of Denver Santa Fe Art District (Best in Show)

Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA, juried by George T.M. Shackelford of the Kimbell Art Museum

Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ - Studio Montclair, juried by Helaine Posner - Neuberger Museum of Art

Stephen F. Austin Univ, “Texas National”, juried by Peter Selz past MOMA, UC Berkeley Art Museum (3rd Place)

Barrett Art Center, “New Directions”, Poughkeepsie, NY, juried by Susan Cross of the MassMoCA (2nd Place)

University of Texas, Tyler TX Annual International Exhibition       

The Visual Art Center of New Jersey, juried by Joan Young of the Solomon Guggenheim Museum

The Museum of the Living Artist, juried by Roxana Velasquez of the San Diego Museum of Art


2004 - 2010

Dairy Arts Center, "Face Book”, Boulder CO - one-person exhibition        

Denver International Airport – Denver Council for the Arts

Colorado State Capital - Denver Council for the Arts

Denver Botanic Gardens - Contemporary Response to Henry Moore

Metropolitan State University Center For Visual Art, Denver CO

Exhibitrek the Gallery, Boulder CO - one-person exhibition

Denver International Airport - 33 Ideas “White Girls"

Gallery St. Thomas, “Burka”, Virgin Islands - one-person exhibition

Gallery Porto 34, St. Barth FWI one-person exhibition

Beau Art Festival, Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables FL