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A wiser person than I once described art as the intermediary between the physical and the spiritual. I share in that opinion. The creative act is the linchpin of my personal spiritual quest. This does not imply that the creative product is overtly religious or spiritual. Simply that the process has a spiritual component.

I cannot say how this precisely fits in with my fixation on the human countenance, or if it even does. I have always been fascinated by the human figure, with an emphasis on the face. While I have experimented from time to time with other subject matter and styles, I always return to this subject matter.

I feel the highest sense of creative tension when I paint a portrait, the greatest charge. There is nothing as interesting as the attempt to capture a likeness, both physical and emotional, to know another, if only a little bit, for even a little while. I find nothing so exhilarating and satisfying as success in capture, and nothing as frustrating as the failure.

This struggle could be thought analogous to the perpetual striving to know the true self. Perhaps in knowing others, oh so little, it is possible learn to know the self just a little bit more.




Biography

Moved to West Coast in 1991
Lives and Works in the San Francisco Bay Area, California

Education, Theatre Experience, Exhibitions and Awards:


EDUCATION:
1975 1979 Tyler School of Art.Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
      Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting and Sculpture Dept. of Painting and Sculpture
1977 - 1979 Temple University Rome, Rome, Italy
1986 - 1989 Department of Theater of Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
      Master of Fine Arts, Set Design School of Communication and Theatre

ARTS EXPERIENCE:
1978 - 1985 Puppeteer and Puppet Maker for the Sicilian Puppet Theatre of the Fratelli Pasqualino, Rome, Italy
1989 - 1991 Props Master - Studio Arena Theatre, Buffalo, New York
1991 - 1992 Props Master South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa, Ca
1992 - 1999 Props Master Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley, Ca

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
1979 - Solo - Municipal Gallery, Vasto, Italy
2012 - Faces - Frank Bette Center for the Arts Satellite Show at the High Street Station, Alameda, CA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2009 - Writer in Residence - Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Alameda, CA
2009 - Starstruck - Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Alameda, CA
2010 - Chicken Soup with Rice - Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Alameda, CA
2010 - Haiku Mind - Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Alameda, CA
2010 - Les Femmes Et Fleurs - Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Alameda, CA
2010 - Ephemera - Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Alameda, CA
2012 - Heroes and Villains - Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Alameda, CA

AWARDS:
2009 - 'Yeats, Innisfree' - Gallagher & Lindsey Award Best of the Show - Writer in Residence - Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Alameda, CA
2010 - 'Emily' - House Choice Award Best of the Show - Les Femmes et Fleurs - Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Alameda, CA
2012 - 'Heroes Villains Set 2' - Gallery Director Award Best of the Show - Heroes and Villains - Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Alameda, CA

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