I am a traveler. A geographer by training, my bill paying job as a ports and transportation consultant takes me to exciting, often exotic, and sometimes dangerous places around the globe. By benefit of marriage to a lovely French lady I know that country intimately as well as most of its sophisticated urbane neighbors in Western Europe. Extensive periods of work in Albania, China, Cape Verde, Bangladesh, East Africa, Haiti, Guatemala, Madagascar, Micronesia, Pakistan, Panama, and Venezuela have exposed me to a very broad range of ideas, cultures, and human conditions. I have discovered that despite their backgrounds, race, or religion the great majority of people in the world are the same; personally friendly, hardworking, family loving, and struggling to improve their conditions. Granted there were times where hatred, social upheaval, and the forces of nature have scared the living s… out of me (a terrorist bombing in Karachi, a rebel stop in Colombia, and a tempest on a mountain top among others) but in general the rewards of travel, particularly for an artist, far outweigh the risks involved. The net result is approximately a 100,000 photographs, close to 1000 drawings and nearly 100 works on canvas.
This website represents the summary output of 45 years of this wondering artist poking his nose into the nooks and crannies of the planet earth and recording what he saw on film, paper or canvas. For, “Life is my subject”. Sometimes the pictures are not pretty but they are representative of the reality of the societies and cultures that I have visited. However, life is more than a physical image. It is kaleidoscope of ideas, philosophies, faiths, and behavior that cannot be directly rendered on a concrete medium. This artist’s quest is to explore these metaphysical aspects of human existence through the use of allegory, symbolism, and semitransparent imagery to reveal the philosophical under pilings and inconsistencies that affect our lives. My objective is to get the viewer to examine a painting not only from the perspective of form, color, composition, or feeling but also to try and comprehend the meaning or message that the artist is trying to convey.