I was born and raised in a Hudson River Valley art colony and have been a student of art since my early childhood. I moved to California to attend the University of California to continue my study of geology. Through this love of the Earth I have combined art and science. In 1974 I became a research geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, working on all the continents pursuing “form and function” to explain the origin of mountains, the distribution of oil and gas, and the vulnerability of humans to natural hazards. From 2003 to 2009 I was a professor of Earth Sciences at Stanford University. My paintings reflect two contrasting styles; one is free-flowing, vibrant abstractions and the other more somber realism. These paintings reflect my travels - the rocks, the people, their culture and the places. I have had exhibitions in Kaiserslautern, Germany, Cragsmoor, New York, Maisons-Lafitte, France, Palo Alto, CA and most recently in New Hampshire. I enjoy providing my art for charitable auctions and these include KTEH Television, Art for America at Clos Pegas Winery, the Ronald McDonald Children’s Hospital, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Colonial Theater of Keene, NH, Our Place in Bellows Falls, VT and others. For many years I was an active member of the Gallery Morgan Hill, CA, a regular of the Silicon Valley Open Studios in the San Francisco Bay and since relocating to Walpole, NH I have joined the Walpole Artisan Cooperative http://www.thewalpoleartisans.blogspot.com/ and the River Valley Artisans. In addition to painting I make hand painted cards, I have produced six educational videos, assembled mobiles, and have sculptured with metal. Several years ago I engaged in a science-with-art project to display geologic information for the lay audience on the World Wide Web: e.g. http://tapestry.usgs.gov and collaborate with Jonathan Swinchatt on a book: The Wine Makers Dance – exploring Terroir in the Napa Valley, UCB Press 2004. The latter is a launching point for numerous wine tasting benefit events, such as Wine Woman and Song in collaboration with Lynne and Jay Kerr and Dissecting Bordeaux with the Jesse Carr trio. I live in Walpole, NH with my wife Susan, my dog Phoebe, horses belonging to Alison Chickering and depending on the season, chickens, cows and a vast variety of critters that pass through.
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