I reside in Spring Valley, California, near San Diego, on a property that I grew up on and that has wonderful views of the southern California landscape.
For a dozen years from 2002 until 2014, I was the Dean of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. I have taught painting and drawing at a number of colleges and universities; including St. Mary's College of Maryland; the Hope School of Art at Indiana University, Bloomington; the Herron School of Art at IUPUI and at Pratt Institute in New York.
I received my undergraduate degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz, attended the New York Studio School in the mid-seventies, and received my MFA in Painting from the Yale School of Art in 1979. I showed intermittently over the years, but did not sustain a gallery career.
Until I became the dean of an art school, I did large scale figure and still life paintings. When I was Dean at PAFA in Philadelphia, I did mostly drawings, which I came to prefer. Most of the drawings are 22 by 30”, except for some of the figure and still life drawings which are 11 by 15”.
I have only recently been able to return to painting, which has reawakened a passion that surprises me. These have been landscapes and small figure paintings. They are smaller than the work I’ve done in the past. The landscapes are 16 by 20” to 22 by 30 inches in size, and the figure paintings are 11 by 14 to 12 by 16 inches. To my surprise, I am painting from images on a computer screen, and this is very comfortable for me. Previously, I had spent many years working entirely from life.
I am also a long term meditator and spiritual practitioner in the buddhist and advaita lineages. My interests are reflected in some of my paintings and drawings.