By profession, I am a journalist and writer. I spent seven years in the early 1980s working as a reporter for The Boston Globe, covering northern New England and later science and technology. Since 1987 I’ve worked for the Baha’i International Community as an information officer, writing about human rights, international development, and the United Nations and the Community’s involvement with those topics. In this work, I’ve traveled to more than 35 countries.
I’ve long been deeply interested in the visual arts. I studied photography and film-making in college. And my interest in images has been greatly influenced by my work as a journalist and editor and by what I’ve seen in my travels around the world.
My explorations with abstract painting are a relatively recent effort. I took up painting in the early 2000s, mainly as a form of pure expression, and have worked more steadily at it over the last few years. I find it an important contrast or counterpoint to my daily professional occupation with words.
Although not formally trained as a painter, I’ve spent many hours studying paintings in museums when I travel. I find myself greatly influenced by painters like Mark Tobey, Jackson Pollack, and Gerhard Richter.
My goal is to experiment with color and form in such a way so as to create images that, without words or descriptions, are aesthetically pleasing. Another goal to express a sense of spiritual beauty and wonder, perhaps influenced by my understanding of the Baha’i Faith. Ultimately, my standard is this: Does it make me (and others, I hope) happy when I look at it?That is my real goal: to bring a bit of happiness into the world.
I currently live in Durham, NH, with my wife, Ruwa, who is a professor at the University of New Hampshire. I have two sons, Remz and Zane. Life is pretty darn good.