I was raised in Portales, NM and attended Eastern New Mexico University, followed by Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara CA. In the late ‘70s – early ’80s I owned a commercial photography studio in Santa Fe. In 1982 I married and shortly thereafter moved my family to New York City, living in Greenwich Village for 22 years.
While in NYC I was a prolific advertising and catalog photographer, working in large-format film and digital formats for top luxury brands. I was hired to set up and run the Tiffany & Co. studio on the top floor of their flagship Fifth Avenue store where I remained for five years, producing images for ads featured prominently in the world’s fashion magazines. I worked with Jacqueline Onassis, who edited several beautiful books about Tiffany, along with many of New York’s other top art directors and designers.
Walking uptown to work one morning in the spring of 1989, I experienced what I've found necessary to describe as a “vision” – right in the middle of 40th Street. Sitting on the steps of the NY Public Library to attempt to write about what I had experienced, I realized that my life had suddenly and dramatically changed. Although I would continue to photograph, design, and launch various start-ups (Bunjii Design in NYC; High Desert Properties, The Santa Fe Dreambook, and Honey P. Nutty in Santa Fe) the philosophy I had acquired that day would guide my life going forward. My startups (never very successful, to be honest) were seen simply as ways to provide financial backing to explore those ideas.
The philosophy realized in the vision is this: Civilization could have begun by guiding every action by the question “Does my action harm life and Earth?”
I left NYC in 2004 and moved with my wife back to Santa Fe in 2006. I continued to photograph, both commercially and as fine art for several years. In 2014 I began to paint and discovered the medium allowed me to comment on our species and its ways in an abstract way that suited me.
I prefer to work in series. Painting projects include Manifesto (2014, six works), Composition (2016, 13 works), Días de Trueno (2017, 14 works), Angel of Earth and Life (2017, seven works), Flowers (2017, 14 works), Noches de los Ángeles Vengativos (2018, seven works), Revisions (2016-18, 119 works), New Atmospheres (2018-19, 41 works), Astral Vagabond (2019, 17 works), Studies for a New Atmosphere (2019, 300 works), and The Reckoning (2018-19, 38 works)
I had works included in the group exhibition Axle Indoors at Peters Projects in Santa Fe in 2015, and several pieces from my series The Reckoning were shown at the group exhibition Outrage at City of Mud Gallery, Santa Fe, in 2018. I donated 300 small works on paper dealing with climate change, Studies for a New Atmosphere, to 231 art museums worldwide in the summer of 2019. During the month of November 2019 my complete series The Reckoning was shown in a solo pop-up exhibition at FOMA Santa Fe.
My paintings are found in private collections in the US and the UK.