I grew up on Long Island, my parents met while attending the Art Student's League.
I moved to Manhattan to attend the School of Visual Arts, I graduated arts with honors, and one of my oil paintings was acquired by the school as a Presidential Purchase award in 1978.
I studied fine art and promptly got work as a paste-up mechanical artist for ad agencies and in the New York City's garment district, where I am still employed to this day as a graphic designer for a well known pattern company.
Soon after graduating, I fell into going to the Monster Movie Club at Club 57. I was urged to join theClub 57 Ladies Auxiliary of The Lower East Side by Lisa Baumgardener, publisher of Bikini Girl magazine. Eventually I participated in shows, and created events at Club 57 including The Lamp Show with Diana Lillig and The Science Fair. I became a member of John Sex's show John Sex and the Bodacious Ta Tas. I was also a member of Pulsallama created by Ann Magnusson which was an all female performance band that got signed by British labelY Records. Both groups had some success in NYC night clubs and toured internationally.
I remember the first time I saw John Sex in Club 57, I asked if I could take his picture, and as he posed Wendy Wild jumped to pose with him, it certainly would no be the last time I photographed that legendary pair.
I am showing my photos in a digital format at The Museum of Modern Art, starting 10/31/17, for 5 months. The show is called Club 57: Film, Performance, andArt in the East Village, 1978–1983.
I still take many photos, of events or subject matter that would like to use for oil paintings, like sketching with the camera. I'll add new work as it becomes available.