I LOVE THE ARTS!!!
I have been on stage performing in plays, musicals, even music ensembles, choirs and glee clubs ever since I was in the third grade. I even tried dancing - but we won’t talk about that. (Though I still imagine finding the time to take classes and trying one more time!)
When I was four years old my maternal grandmother would have me stand on the end of a 12’ long cherry wood table. Beside me was a large reel-to-reel tape recorder, and in front of me was a music stand holding a very large Complete Works of William Shakespeare
. My grandmother would tell me to read into the incredibly large microphone. I remember the very first time this routine began: I stumbled and crashed through words I had no idea how to pronounce, much less understood. She looked at me and said, “It doesn’t matter. Don’t think. Play. Play with the words. Find the rhythm and just play. The rhythm and the sounds will create emotions. You will feel the meaning!” To this day I love playing with the words and sounds of Shakespeare!
Music I love! I still want to learn to play the piano better than my one handed tapping of a song. Composition and conducting an orchestra are fantasies that have always played through my mind.
I have acted on stage in productions all over the country. From Wilmington, NC to the Grand Canyon Shakespeare Festival to productions at the Stella Adler theatre in Los Angeles. I’ve had small parts in films and television shows. I’ve worked with the likes of Frank Capra, Joe Layton, Geoffrey Holder, Enzo Castellari, Sissy Spacek and the list goes on and on. You can find a more complete breakdown of all my various acting, directing, writing and events in the BACCHANALIA section on this website. Please take a look when you are in a browsing mood!
While in Junior High School, I started working with photography. My uncle would let me use his 35mm stills camera and taught me how to process and develop film in his darkroom at my grandparents house. All through junior high and high school I would snap photographs and - with my trusty 8mm Bell & Howell film camera - my best friend and I would reenact scenes from horror movies and film them, rush the film to the local K-Mart for processing and then, a week later, get the film and then edit it ourselves and play music from Hammer movie soundtracks as we watched them. I still have that 8mm camera and the 8mm projector as well! The great thing about that camera is that it allows single frame shots. So we would create short movies using stop motion photography. They always had a horror element, of course! My favorite one was of me raking up leaves as the garden hose slowly unwrapped and snaked through the yard, climbed the tree and slowly descended from a large limb and wrapped around me, hanging me from the tree limb. We created lots of shorts like that.
This website is an attempt at gathering my life together and assembling it into some kind of order. With a particular focus on photography. Photography and videography allow me to spend significant time on artistic endeavors that I am quite passionate about. I shoot head shots and model shots to supplement my income. I also shoot production stills for movie productions as well as photograph and record theatrical productions, dance performances, and various special events.
I could go on and on - but I should probably leave something to talk about in all the different specific sections. The PHOTOGRAPHY section contains examples of all my different works and styles of photography. The IMAGINARIUM contains information on workshops, projects and upcoming special events. IMAGES MOVING contains all kinds of different film/video work: shorts, webisodes, behind-the-scenes, promos, music videos, performances, reels, etc. BACCHANALIA contains examples of my writing, a breakdown of my acting work, directing, film & tv productions, as well as live events that I have worked. WINDOW SHOPPING is my store - where you will find items from films I have worked on, eBooks of scripts, photography eBooks, posters, photos and more! You’ll find my blogs at the bottom of the page: one for what’s happening now and one for memories as I rediscover photos and memories from the past. You can also find in the header and footer of the HOME page my rates and how to contact me.
I hope you enjoy the site!!!!