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I’m a photographer, writer, illustrator and printmaker currently living in Santa Fe, NM.

https://www.dojopico.org/

Much of my work focuses on the miracle of daily life -- how we make our way in the world, safely and sanely. Remarkably, we often do so with kindness, humor, creativity, wisdom, friendship and teamwork. I want to better understand the unique worlds that people create for themselves; to explore the paths they follow or trails they blaze; to record the footprints and artifacts they leave behind. I wonder if they like their job, where they're going, who cares if they're sick, what makes them happy, is their family safe, what do they regret, what do they show and hide?

My favorite photographers, Henri-Cartier Bresson, Steve McCurry and Elliott Erwitt, created intimate, quirky and sometimes disturbing images of daily lives that usually offered more questions than answers. For me, a successful photograph grabs the viewer with a compelling image and story and leaves them wanting to know more. Bresson said “Taking photographs is putting one's head, one's eye and one's heart on the same axis.” That's what I'm trying to do.

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Following a career in high-tech, I've focused my creative energies on photography, printmaking, writing and illustration. Most of what I know comes from collaboration with fellow artists, teachers and mentors (Arthur Meyerson, Nick Johnson, Jay Maisel, Karin Rosenthal, Arno Minkkinen and Billie Mandle).

Permanent Collections

Danforth Art Museum, Framingham, MA

→ Numerous Private Collections

Exhibitions in 2019

Don't Take Pictures (5/22-8/20). The image of Jim diving off the rocks from my "Lost Dreams" series was selected for the "Dive In" international juried exhibition. Juried by Kat Kiernan, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Don't Take Pictures magazine.

Santa Fe Arts Commission (6/14 - 9/12, Santa Fe, NM). The SF Arts Commission selected a 12-image collage from my Cloudscapes series for the "Happy Little Clouds: Skyscapes of New Mexico" juried exhibition.

Santa Fe Reporter (5/8, Santa Fe, NM). "Steer Roping at the 4-H Rodeo" from my "Sports" series was selected as one of ten finalists for the Santa Fe Reporter Photo Show. Reception is May 8th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Violet Crown theater. The SF Reporter printed and auctioned large-format canvas prints to benefit the New Mexico Fund for Public Interest Journalism.

PhotoPlace Gallery (3/7 - 4/6, Middlebury, VT). The juror, Arthur Meyerson, selected "Level 5" from my "Strange As It Seems" series for the "A Color Moment" international juried exhibition.

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