Biography

Education and Influences:
M.F.A in Painting from the University of Colorado in 1983.
B.A. in Fine Art & B.A. in Psychology from Illinois State University in 1977.
Taught and continue to teach Buddhadharma and Art.

Studied filmmaking with Stan Brakhage at University of Colorado.
Studied Art and Buddhism at Naropa Institute, Boulder, Colorado.
Became student of Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche,
in 1977, which significantly informs my view.
Studied Poetry at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poets, Naropa Institute.
Studied and witnessed influential group of poets, musicians, and dancers performing at Naropa Institute such as Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Gregory Corso, Ann Waldman, Joanne Kyger, Ron Padget, Barbara Dilley, Colin Walcot & Oregon, etc.
Shared house with William Burroughs Jr.
Worked in studio of Red Grooms & for Chris Burden.

Awards & Grants:
Received New York Foundation on the Arts grant in 1987.
Attended McDowell Colony as resident in painting.
Nominated twice for Teaching Excellence Award at U of Colorado.
Selected to present lobby piece for Kennedy Center in Denver.
Received Graduate School Doctoral Fellowship in 1983.

Shows and Publications:
One-person exhibit titled “Appearance/Emptiness” at Moeller Fine Art, NYC, in 1999.
Printing of book Swallowing the Sun in 1998; includes interview with critic Rosetta Brooks.
One-person exhibit titled “Unseen Rain” at Kent Gallery, New York City in 1992.
(reviewed by Holland Cotter, NY Times)
Many various group shows

Personal:
Born 1954 in Belvidere, Illinois
Moved into loft on the East River in Greenpoint, Brooklyn in 1984; lived there 18 years.
Married Dana Fulmer in 1994.
Moved to upstate New York in 2001.
Twins Annika Clara & Ryder Lucas born in December 2001.
Built studio in the woods in upstate NY.
Helped co-found local Buddhist center, Sky Lake, in nearby Rosendale.
Teach and practice Dharma at Sky Lake.

Current painting focus:
“Kiss Universe,” a series of paintings/monoprints/drawings that reference the tantric lineage
of Tibetan Buddhist and draws on my interest in the subtle processes of such artists as
Hilma af Klint and Emma Kunz, among others.

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