I was born in Rochester, New York in 1961. For the most part I am self trained, though I did have a brief period of tutelage with Grace Treadwell who would look at my work today and call me a pinko commie. I've always favored fantasy art, but she favored still life viewed upside down because it was all about technique. Over the years I worked in various more hands on mediums, painting, sculpting and jewelry design until an injury resulted in a near total loss of function in my right hand and an ongoing battle with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. I became a pseudosouthpaw, and had to give up doing things the way I had before. Through a friend of a friend I was introduced to fractal generators and that set me on my current path. I have to admit I miss the smells that come with getting your hands dirty. When I need some inspiration I turn to a small bottle of turpentine in my desk. It still works to get the creative juices flowing. At present I express myself in digital format doing photo manipulation, fractal, and 3d art. I prefer fantasy and the exploration of archetypes, deity, and mythical themes. I also create mandala like images from flame and ultra fractals that can be used as both art pieces and meditation tools. I have a pretty good sense of the silly which sometimes creeps into my work, it's good to have a bit of fun. Currently I live and work in Connecticut sharing my time between my art, my many projects, and my Ridliegh the Wonder Dog who's sitting on my feet as I write this.
The Fractal Mandalas
As I mentioned, roughly a decade ago I was an artist with a day job working at a veterinary hospital. As luck would have it I was bitten by a dog and ultimately lost most of the function in my dominant hand. At the time I was working on a piece featuring the Morrigan. It stayed on the drafting table untouched, everything where i had left it for five years. That's how long it took me to finally admit defeat. I put the art supplies away and went into what can only be called mourning. I was feeling depressed and a bit lost, being an artist had previously defined me. I spent most of my days on my new computer looking for support groups. One of the people i met through this quest, Al Craig, introduced me to a fractal artist who in turn introduced me to freeware fractal generators. I was new to computers, I couldn't cut and paste, but never the less I dove into a world of Mandelbrots, Newtons, Julias, Ducks, Flames and Ultras. The culmination of all this fractal generating and finally learning Photobie, Photoshop, and well how to cut and paste are the fractal mandalas. To be quite honest they saved my sanity, or at least what i consider sanity. They are many, sometimes I think each individual has their own. They can be hung as artwork or used as meditation tools and what is seen in them is different for each person. May you find one that speaks to you.