Rainy Day in Noho

Drawing made sense of the world for me from the time I was a young child in San Francisco until I was a graduate student at UC Berkeley in painting. But soon  photography made it's claim on me : drawing with light became my medium.

I grew up with Life Magazine and loved the photograph's ability to document a specific time and place.  But I also wanted to explore ideas about space and color that come from painting and drawing . I began to print on clear film instead of paper, and suddenly a world opened up behind the image. By adding paint, collage or pastels, I could build layers from the ground up behind the transparent film image. This enhanced the dimensionality already inherent in the transparent positive. I wanted to keep working with my hands, to have a physicality to the process, while maintaining the integrity of the image.