I am a visual artist currently based in Dallas, Texas.
I began writing code as a teen on a TI-99/4a and later an Apple //c until leaving home for college in the late 80s. Fast-forward three decades. After retiring in 2014 from 21-year military career, I now pursue a professional art practice. Endeavoring to rediscover that same “energy of wonder” I possessed as a young man before the military, I completed degrees in 2017 – a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art and a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Computation. Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, I moved across the U.S. several times while growing up and served nearly half of my military career overseas. My world travels, exposure to many cultures, and unusual life experiences have given me a unique perspective.
My eclectic work experiments across media and involves emotional introspection of my experiences and shared influence on others in the world and vice versa. I am on an eternal quest for themes that bind people, blend cultures, and celebrate humanity in pursuit of what is universal and simply put – beautiful and interesting. I seek to defy stereotypes, transcend divisive and useless social and political assumptions, and connect with anyone I meet in search of common ground. With one foot in the world of painting and one world in the world of computers, I strive to combine art with technology, the traditional with the cutting-edge, and the ancient with the futuristic. As such, my work explores the space between fine art and computer coding, in search of an art that is the hybrid of historical tradition and future technology.
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The concept of “post-computational” is a cornerstone of my work, in that my computational art practice is informed by my material practice, and vice versa. I conduct an art practice in the physical world that runs in parallel to my computational work in the virtual world. I use all sorts of art tools, materials, and processes in my creative exploration. And later, I will create virtual projects inspired by those works. And after creating a virtual piece, I am often inspired to revisit the original work and processes once again. Both worlds are paths to creative discovery and each feeds the other. The previous description and the term post-computational, coined by my colleague and mentor, Ira Greenberg, are actually defining characteristics of my art practice in general, where I seek to combine the cutting edge with the traditional. This opens a space for me to explore the expanse of art history and allows me endless pursuit of new means of expression while still enjoying the rich benefits of a material art practice. It also creates a symbiosis of the two worlds in the exploration of creating something new and unique. And often times to process is therapuetic and meditational for me.