I was born in Chicago, Illinois, 1947. There, I grew up in an environment of diverse immigrant cultures. These proud people were the manpower for the “city of broad shoulders”, and they exposed me to lives comprised of struggle, hope, passion and determination. At age six I entered Catholic school and its rich traditions of liturgical music, painting, sculpture and pageantry captured my imagination. At age nineteen, I was drafted into the U.S. Army and served overseas until December 1968. I returned to the U.S. and a year later settled in Boston, Massachusetts. The influential industrial power of my native city was succeeded by the challenging intellectual power of Boston. This city presented me with many opportunities that formed the solid foundation on which I discovered my creative potential and thus, built my artistic career. In Boston I attended the University of Massachusetts but devoted most of my time and effort to studio work. In 1971, as a founding member of The Boston Center for the Arts I was fortunate to have painted alongside artists such as Alex Elmaleh De Buenos, and Pascal Tchakmakian. I lived and worked there with many creative people including, writers and actors, composers and ballet dancers who have since left their mark on American culture. It was an exciting time and Boston was an opportune place to emerge socially and artistically.
In December 1981 I left Boston and moved west to Seattle,
Wa. The “natural forces” of the great northwest
soon transformed my visual vocabulary. The closeness to nature led me
to a more intimate expression of life. The multiplicity of natural forms
and geologic forces in the region are compelling and to accommodate
these powerful influences I eventually turned to sculpture. This medium
soon represented my entire creative disposition. Sculpture best accommodated
my desire to explore, through the human form, essential aspects of humanity
within contemporary global culture.
Currently, when time allows, I teach sculpture as well
as bronze casting.
The following is a selection of exhibits and collections of my work:
Artist's In Heat, 2005, Enumclaw WA