Before painting, I was a photographer in New York City and London for 18 years, hired by Andy Warhol, and working on assignment for Vogue, British Elle, Interview, The London Sunday Times Magazine, Bomb, and others. In the early 1980’s I moved to New York City with the outlandish idea of becoming a fashion photographer because I was intrigued by the intensely theatrical possibilities in that world, and it’s feminine power, which now translates more purely for me to painting. I wanted to capture the female or child figure and attitude within allegory and narrative, which is also my focus for painting. I have a master’s degree in art education from Montclair State University and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from University of California at Berkeley. Born in Northern California, I spent my childhood making things alongside my mom in her ceramic studio, playing for hours in the woods, and concentrating on imaginary characters I invented.