I studied Graphic Design and Photography at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and had the great fortune to have Abelardo Morrell as my first teacher. I was shooting 35mm black and white film with my Nikon FM2 and learned to print my own images and fell in love with photography.
I enrolled full-time at New England School of Photography and graduated with honors in photojornalism. I studied color printing techniques and technical aspects of image making with Neil Rennie,
In California I signed up for a course in night photography with the Nocturnes. My instructors were Tim Baskerville and Lance Keimig. That started an entirely new exploration of image making. I initially shot 35mm film with my Nikon FM2, but soon I wanted to make images on a bigger negative. Since I could not afford a decent 2 1/4 format camera, I bought a Holga for about $20 and did a bit of research on how to disable the shutter to keep it open for long exposures and I began making images that had a very painterly quality. For me the quality of a photograph lies not necessarily in the sharpness and perfection but of the feeling it invokes.
During this time the internet also started exploding onto the photography scene, and I created my first website featuring my Holga photographs. The Holga night images became very popular on Flickr and I started receiving many requests to explain how to make these images. I created a page on my site specifically dedicated to Holga questions.
I have explored other ways of image making, like printmaking, screen printing and old techniques like cyanotype. I like the handmade quality of these processes as opposed to the digital processes which feels removed from the image for me.
For the past few years I have begun to paint in oils and once again it is a love affair and a learning process that is challenging and so rewarding. A whole new world of creating images opens up. You will notice that most of my paintings have subjects that are ocean related, like fish and seascapes.