Seeing the world...
My immersive travels have taken me to
almost twenty countries. Art is my bridge
to connecting with people, a way of sharing
my enthusiasm for being able to be a
part of this contemporary landscape again.
Living in isolated areas, or going to
places where I was unknown so as to be
without interruption, allowed the art
process to begin making itself.
Influenced by materials, colours,
and the environment around me, I am
Born and raised in Wyandotte and
Grosse Pointe, Michigan, USA. I completed
a BA (hons) from Kalamazoo College, and,
after regaining my sight, studied painting,
printmaking, and drawing at University of
California, Santa Cruz. Sculpture and
painting at San Jose State University, California.
I have worked with the Zen Master and
landscape painter Hiroshi Tagami in Hawaii,
and stone and wood sculptor JJJannu in
Taiwan, Macau, and China.
At the age of 24, while volunteering
in the Peace Corps in Africa, I lost
my sight due to an eye infection.
Returning to the United States,
doctors told me I would be blind for life.
Moving to a ranch in northern Arizona, I
walked in the forests every day, and
created landscape drawings of what I
'saw' with my other senses. My studio
practice included setting up still life
objects that I would draw by touch.
For 16 months this was my experience of life.
Then, a miracle happened. I regained my full
sight at a church service. From that day
on, I dedicated and committed myself to
expressing my vision of life, which I now
share with you through these paintings,
drawings, and collage.