About the Drawings
I am an artist, whose work focuses on pressing environmental issues. Since I was a child I have had deep respect for life in all its forms. For over two decades I have been involved with environmental issues, specifically rainforest destruction. For the last 3 years I have concentrated exclusively on drawings about species extinction. Most of my recent drawings are grouped in three series.
Many of the drawings and captions are tongue in cheek, because rendered explicitly the images are too disturbing. Educated people are aware of the looming crisis however, they remain unaware of how quickly it is happening. The Indian tiger no longer exists. Projections state that 90% of top ocean vertebrates are gone. Many large land animals will be extinct in a few decades. I intend to disseminate this information several different ways.
- Parallel Extinction - Human existence is transient as long as it continues to tamper with ecosystems. I present this idea by bringing ancestral hominids (like Peking Man) along with modern humans into my drawings.
- Top Predators - I point out that our anthrocentrism, ignorance, and consumerism has led us to imminent catastrophe.
- Stewards of the Earth – I examine underlying causes for both our humanity and inhumanity with regard to other species.
I want to draw endangered species, in all biological groups. I believe this would be my contribution to understanding the importance and urgency of maintaining Biodiversity.
- To present the work through community groups in conjunction with panels from ecology organizations which have a clear and focused mission. This would benefit these groups by making more people aware of them. To begin with, I would like to address influential communities in order to have an effective impact.
- My long term goal is to build an interactive environmental news website for tweens.
I won a New York State Teaching Fellowship for a PhD and enrolled in the NYU Ph.D. art program where I studied with Estaban Vicente.
When I left NYU I began painting. I had a body of work but I had to earn a living.
I became a special education teacher. Later I served as a teacher mentor for a year.
Professional Work Experience
Worked with Richard Bernstein, (my best friend), cover artist for Interview Magazine. Critiqued, catalogued supervised painting of Billboards Time Square. Painted with Bernstein in studio at Chelsea Hotel.
Because of my friendship with Richard, I met many of the people in his orbit.Andy Warhol, Viva, Candy Darling, Paul Morrisey, Pat Hacket, Fred Hughes, Holly Woodlawn, Jackie Curtis, Geraldine Smith, etc..I went to parties with the Factory people every weekend.
Richard also introduced me to his own friends and acquaintances, Calvin Klein, Steve Rubell, Pat Cleveland, Halston, Divine, Charles James, Bill King, Marissa and Berry Berenson, Annie Lebovitz, Robert Raushenberg, Divine, Grace Jones, Roman Polanski, Diane von Furstenberg and Lady Camilla, Robert Maplethrope, Patti Smith, Grace Johnes, and Henry Gehlzahler among others.
Helped organized a show for Richard in Japan in 1981.
1980-1981 Worked with Randy Brown, and Masahiro Ouchi who organized shows in Japan for cutting-edge artists, including Laurie Anderson, Robert Mapplethorpe, Lou Reed and other artists, helped organize shows, culled for news about avant-garde for Japanese publication.
1978 Liason between artists, clients involved in underwriting the publication of editions. Found artists, wrote tearsheets on artists’ work.
1979 recruited American artists for Jo Smid gallery Holland. Smid discovered the Dutch Cobra school.
1975-2002, While I taught I was also an antiques dealer.
I traveled as a teacher and dealer, have visited 57 countries, collected massive amounts of antiques, and material for my artwork.
1998 *A World Apart, Gershwin Gallery, New York, NY
Favorable Review of show in Night magazine
2003 Partners in Time, So.Hampton
2004 Partners in Time, Sarasota
2008 Showing at Tibet House
2008 Showing at Al Hirshfield Home
Collections Barbara Grizutti Harrison, Maggie Skipper, Patrick McMullen, Richard Bernstein, Laura Boylon, Anna Harrisoa