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Who has influenced my art

Artistically, I am inspired by a broad range of artists, cartoonists, and writers. Here’s a short list of some I am particularly indebted to….


Shakespeare and nature

I recently took the family to the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s hilarious-yet-touching production of As You Like It. At one point in the story, the exiled Duke Senior is cheering up his entourage as they seek shelter in the forest, extolling the benefits of…  read more


thank you Ray Bradbury

When I hit the atmosphere, I’ll burn like a meteor. I wonder, if anyone’ll see me? Ray Bradbury has passed away. Bradbury was a poet. When you read his words, you can actually feel the heat of that rocket summer, or smell the sun-baked stones…  read more


Thank you Steve Jobs

When I was 12, I earned my first computer by helping scrape a hundred years of paint off my uncle’s house. It was an Apple II, one of the first thousand made. This was back when a computer came with nothing on it except a…  read more


Me and Georgia O’Keeffe

This winter I visited the Georgia O’Keeffe Abstraction exhibit at the Whitney Museum. It was a wonderfully-curated show that explored her groundbreaking beginning in abstraction, and traced its influence throughout her career. I have always loved O’Keeffe, but like most people, I am mainly familiar…  read more


Getting past the overly-familiar

Certain scenes are so popular in nature photography, that their popularity drains them of any emotional significance. After years of seeing the work of Ansel and his imitators, I had felt this way about Yosemite. Over-familiarity had bred an indifferent attitude in me. I had…  read more


Like Hubble images from outer space

Wendy Edsall-Kerwin is a jewelry artist and metalsmith who showcases a different artist each month on her blog. I am honored that she named me her July Artist of the Month. It is always fun and informative to seeing your work through someone else’s eyes….  read more


Thank you Gary Gygax

Gary Gygax, the creator of Dungeons & Dragons, has passed away. I know that a lot of people dismiss D&D as a joke, something that geeks should be embarrassed about. But not me. For me, D&D (and the other role-playing games it inspired) was my…  read more


Interviewed by Postive Focus

September 07, 2007 in Newstopics:,

A couple weeks ago, I received an nice surprise: an email from Positive Focus asking to do an interview about my photography. Positive Focus is a great nonprofit organization for “emerging photoartists” based in Brooklyn, and every month they have an interview with one of…  read more


pick the notes you really mean

While reading last week’s NY Times Book Review, I found a great essay by the novelist Haruki Murakami about his relationship to jazz music. Murakami is one of my favorite writers. The worlds he creates are deceptively simple, elegant creations, with massive geologic flaws running…  read more