Beacon of Hope
a photograph of paper
Author: Born in Los Angeles, I grew up in the lovely town of Oxnard, California, where my father converted an old shed in our backyard into a darkroom to "keep me off the streets" while I was in high school. I began college at California State University, Northridge as a photography major, but as graduation approached and I realized there were no "Help Wanted: Photographer" ads in the classified section, but plenty of entry-level graphics jobs, I switched my emphasis to graphic art in my final year. In 1980 I got my BA in Art.
That led to a 35+ year career in graphic design, the last 29 years in San Diego. In 2008, with my daughter about to depart for college, and my midlife artistic crisis in full bloom, I felt the time was right to work on some purely personal artwork. I devoted a couple of years to building up a body of work, and posted the resulting images to an online artist's community, eliciting positive reviews and valuable feedback. By 2010, with my hard drive filling up with image files, I took the advice of one of my earlier art professors to "enter every show you can", which lead to pieces being accepted into a variety of juried exhibitions around the country. Now, in my sixties, I'm looking for my "big break".