I grew up in Columbus, Ohio, where, along with my public schooling, I attended the Saturday School of the Columbus College of Art and Design. I got a bachelor’s degree in philosophy at Dartmouth College and an MFA at the School of Visual Arts.
I’ve always been drawn to art that tells or suggests a story. I wrote and illustrated the children’s book Gowanus Dogs. I’ve done series of paintings based on Greek tragedies and on the civil rights movement. While planning further work on civil rights, I’m taking time now to do a series of ten paintings depicting scenes from Romeo and Juliet. The first four of these Romeo and Juliet paintings I’ve completed are as follows:
“O! she doth teach the torches to burn bright” (Act I, Scene V)
“Come night! come Romeo! come thou day in night!” (Act III, Scene II)
“ . . . I will kiss thy lips;
Haply, some poison yet doth hang on them” (Act V, Scene III)
“O happy dagger!” (Act V, Scene III)