a child and teenager, I fell in love with writing, music, and especially
drawing and painting, and spent many hours creating portraits within
my parent’s basement and taking art classes through my high
school and via local art educational programs in Portland, Maine.
As a very impatient and success oriented young adult,
with a knack for business and program management, I also wanted
to find a lucrative career path that would afford me my independence,
and a comfortable one at that! Then, it was my belief that “fine
artists” only made money after they had long been buried.
So, while I continued to admire the works of other artists, my full-time
focus became more corporate world driven. This left me little time
for painting, and as a result, I neglected my creative inclinations
for many years.
the time I moved to California in late 1995, I became increasingly
restless with my lack of involvement in the arts. Sure, I went to
the theater and to art exhibits, but never as a participant. The practicing artists' dedication to creation and the enjoyment that I have received from
admiring their pieces began to light a fire within me, long put
aside. I was also coming into a period in my life when doing what
I loved, or at least attaining more of a balance between my unique
dichotomy of creative and analytical strengths was becoming much
March of 2000, a catalyst occurred that while many describe it as
“life changing”, can only be so if I continue to remind
myself of the resulting realizations and take action to fulfill
them. I suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm, in an area of the brain
from which the survival rate, free from morbidity, is less than
1% (the immediate death rate, well over 50%). With the love and
support of family and friends, and with the extraordinary skill
of my surgeons and medical staff at UCSD Medical Center in San Diego,
I was one of those fortunate < 1%. A little over a year later,
I committed myself to my determination to really live my artistic passion and paint again, at least on a part time basis.
you for allowing me to share my creations with all of you!