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. When I started working with photography, the graphic quality of the image won me over, and the memory of all the great photography I grew up with reading Life magazine. I work with the portrait and with architecture, often in the context of urban landscapes.  Most of the portraits are done in my studio or during artist residencies, where I  work in schools and community centers . I devised a self-portrait process to avoid overly self-conscious portraits. 

 In the urban landscapes, I am looking at human spaces in transition. Due to gentrification and redevelopment, many buildings awaiting a makeover are covered in graffiti and multiple layers of paint. I see these marked up walls as found paintings, as well as records of these moments of change. 

I invented a process of printing the photographic image on clear film instead of paper, adding paint, collage or pastel behind the transparent film image. This enhances the dimensionality already inherent in the transparent positive. I also have incorporated some of these painted images into architectural forms like doors or mirrors.