My introduction to photography came at a very early age when my grandmother - an avid enthusiast - gave me my first camera, a Kodak box camera. Photography has been a passion ever since. 

I was born in New York City. I studied mathematics at Manhattan College and Michigan State University and Administration at Teachers College of Columbia University. For almost forty years, I enjoyed a rewarding career in teaching and school administration. 

Since retiring from education I have been able to concentrate on photography. Mostly self-taught, I have enjoyed the guidance of helpful mentors. In recent years, I have studied with Elyse Shapiro at the Silvermine Guild of Artists in Connecticut.

Photography is unique in its capacity to simultaneously document and challenge our perceptions of reality. Photography helps us challenge our way of seeing, perhaps to see what may have been unseen. My thinking reflects some ideas of Viktor Schklovsky (1893-1984), a prominent member of the Russian Formalist School of literary criticism. Schklovsky wrote that the purpose of art is to make the familiar unfamiliar (ostranenie = “defamiliarization”) in order to view things in new ways, to perceive layers of reality hidden from our immediate view (Art as Technique, 1917)

Today, I find new visions. perspectives and energy coming to fruition in my photography.  I try to produce a range of fine art photography.  I am interested in nature and landscapes, mainly in New England and in the American southwest.  I am also interested in florals and in architecture, particularly buildings with strong geometric content in both the natural and constructed environment.

Greenwich Art Society, Annual Juried Show, "Lakeside in Lavender," 2019, Greenwich CT
"Art to the Avenue," 2019, Greenwich CT 
Honorable Mention, Silvermine Annual Art Exhibition (for "MacDowell Lake, New Hampshire")
1st Place, Silvermine Annual Art Exhibition (for "Trees," from Impressions of Nature)
Editor’s Choice Award, Photo Review Annual Competition (for "Spring Pond")
Solo show: First Bank of Greenwich, January-February, 2016

Private collections around the country and published in numerous magazines

Books: Landscapes of the American West, 2012
Impressions of Nature, 2018
Light and Shadow, 2020 (In Progress)

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