I’ve uploaded biographical information all over the place. The first place to look is on my website where I’ve redone the Artist Statement page. There’s now a link there and on the Contact page to the Artist’s Gallery site where I’ll be selling fine art prints of my photography soon. There are expanded statements and biographical data there. By next week I will have added about 40 prints. I haven’t determined a price for them yet. Not stopping with that I wrote Facebook and MySpace profiles also. They all contain essentially the same information but the Artist Gallery at Absolute Arts has the most comprehensive information. In the picture above I was standing in front of a poster of Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night. I saw the original dozens of times when I was a teenager at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City. With no more than a tiny return subway token in my pocket I went there almost twice a week starting when I was 15 and ending when I left New York permanently.
I spent hours enraptured by three very special paintings: Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh; Waterlilies by Claude Monet; and Guernica by Pablo Picasso. The latter two are wall-size murals. I had read virtually every available book about and biography of Van Gogh. It wasn’t until I read Kay Redfield Jamison’s now classic work, Touched With Fire a few years ago that I actually understood him but I loved his work anyway.
I was only 16 in my senior year at Bronx High School of Science. I had skipped eighth grade and my birthday is in June. I graduated with two awards (Creative Writing and Spanish) two weeks after I turned 17. In August I left for the San Francisco area by hitch-hiking across country by way of Toronto, Detroit, Indianapolis, Denver and Cheyenne. Except for four one-day visits I never returned to New York. I also never saw my parents again.
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