Currently, I concentrate on fine art photography and digital abstract art. My passion for photography dates back to 1938 when, at age 11, I earned my first camera by selling magazines. I got my first newspaper job on a small Detroit weekly in October 1947 while majoring in journalism on the GI Bill. My long career as a photojournalist began in 1949 when I became sports editor on a large Michigan weekly and shot pictures of local sports events.
I sold my first photo essay to the Detroit News Sunday Magazine in February 1952. At the same time, I sold my first freelance article, with photos, on the same subject, sports car racing on a frozen lake outside Detroit, to a car magazine. Since then, more than 2,600 of my articles have appeared in publications ranging from Playboy, Popular Science & PC World to MacWeek, McCalls & Newsweek.
My introduction to computers came in 1979 while I was a supervisor in the Art Dept. at Hughes Aircraft. I began experimenting with desktop publishing in the early 1980s, before Paul Brainerd coined the term. That led me to computer graphics. Hardware & software tools were crude then, but I've continued to pursue digital art ever since. I got really serious about digital abstracts while legally blind from 2003 to 2005. I could still use a computer with the aid of very strong reading glasses, magnifiers & a large hi-res monitor, but my imperfect vision made my photos and digital images appear distorted. Objects were skewed & colors ran together.
I sold my first digital abstract in a Morro Bay gallery in 2005, just an hour after the opening of an exhibition in which I was a featured artist! I have sold 45 digital photos & abstracts since then, including 5 in one day at the 2006 Topanga Canyon Gallery Studio Tour. I had my first International show, Dos Maestros del Arte Contemporaneo, in Guadalajara last November (2007). Sold four pieces during the opening reception.
Last fall also, I was one of 85 digital artists (out of over 2,900 entries from 40 countries) selected whose work was hung in the Art of Digital ? 2007 exhibit (largest all-digital show in the world to date) in San Diego. Judge was Neal Benezra, director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
As for an interesting life, I was flyweight boxing champ of my Army camp in Texas, a successful drag racer in the early 1950s, covered 13 Indy 500 & many NASCAR races in the '60s & '70s, won the tri-county California Gold Coast Senior Olympics bicycle race in 1992.
I also co-authored a book on the Vietnam War, wrote a syndicated computer column from 1995 to 2001, have taught photography & computer classes, and have won awards for my photographs, sculpture, ceramics & digital art.