Street 1978

I am a fine art photographer and educator born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. I have lived in the San Francisco Bay Area and worked in my Oakland studio for more than twenty-five years. My work has been exhibited in galleries and museums nationally and resides in various corporate and public art collections, including those of the Alameda County Art Commission, Berkeley Civic Arts Center, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the David Brower Center, and the Kala Institute. My work is represented by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery, Danielle Wohl Fine Art, SLATE Gallery, and the Kala Institute Art Gallery.

In recent years, I have been working on various public art commissions, creating large scale artworks for public spaces. I am particularly enthusiastic about public art as it provides an opportunity for art to enliven and add beauty to spaces that people experience as part of their daily lives. In this context the art can provide a bountiful visual experience that creates opportunities for reflection, contemplation and discourse. These projects are also exciting because they have enabled me to actualize my work at large scale and in many different types of materials.

I taught photography at California State University (East Bay) for more than a decade and was an adjunct professor in the photography departments at both Ohlone and Solano colleges. I currently teach photography at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in both the graduate and undergraduate divisions.

Artist Statement

In many of my works in the Topographies series I use the rigidity of the photographic picture plane and the grid structure as points of departure while looking for organic rhythms to emerge. I am interested in the contradictory nature within these constructions. For me these images present a discourse of contradictions- micro and macro, time and timelessness, and the containment of things that cannot be contained. The grid lends geometry and so tends to rationalize or abstract what would otherwise be mainly pictorial. I am filling a vast expanse, a kind of landscape, without perspective.

Here I use the idea of topography, a description or an analysis of a structured entity showing the relations among its components, as a format in which I can keep small details and still make a space that could go on and on, like the ocean itself. When we look at the world we assemble small views into a large idea like "the ocean.” We can't see it all at once and my views construct the whole from its parts.

Other series such as Somewhere, rely upon different types of construction. I use digital drawing along with photographic data to create images with a compressed perspective. These works are also based on elements of time in that they are complex compositions that describe fragments of information, time, and space. Our sense of time is constructed from small views like hours, days, weeks, and we assemble those into a larger idea of life itself. The idea of making one photograph of any given moment in time is not enough for me. I prefer to gather together many moments, each with its own unique characteristics, into one unified whole. I often use layering of images to both obscure and reveal what lies beneath the surface. I want to capture the feeling of time, light with its reflections and refractions, and movement. This, to me, suggests the space both above and below the surface, the present and memory, gathered together into one.

Swim series

The Swim series is about the vernacular dance and choreography inherent in the everyday experience of swimming. I am looking at the choreography of the body when a person's weight is lifted by the water. Each individual body responds to the freedom of weightlessness in the water environment in a unique way. This is what fascinates me when observing ordinary people in the water. Later, when composing the pieces, I look for patterns of movement and rhythms that speak about how the subjects, who become my “dancers,” relate to each other in the overall choreography of the scene. I construct specific patterns of movement across the space of the photograph. I’m interested in how each dancer’s movements lead into, compliment, contrast, and punctuate the movements of the other.

The works are constructed using the rectilinear picture plane and the grid as a point of departure. Within the confines of this geometric rigidity I look for the organic rhythms of the water and the “dancers” to emerge. I enjoy working within this contradictory space where the unyielding geometric structure attempts to contain the fluidity of the water and the bodies.

Virtually No Place Like Home series

In my photographic travels I am always fascinated by the unique personal sensibilities expressed in the exterior of homes. This personalization is what makes them homes, not just houses. In many of the places I have photographed people choose to exhibit symbols of belief, politics, identity, or simply their own sense of aesthetic on the canvas of their home’s exteriors and the surrounding landscapes.

In an age of manufactured consumer identity, Virtually No Place Like Home feels like authentic Americana, where a home is a place of sanctuary and inhabitants can express their identities, beliefs and concerns safely to their community. Upon closer investigation of this view of Americana a crack in the facade is revealed. Here the "reality" of each homes’ exterior and the landscape within which it appears is brought into question.

These images are constructions that assimilate fantasy with reality. I have long been interested in the social media "selfie" phenomenon where images that are manipulated through the use of readily available photo modification apps present to the online world a more perfect vision of the self along with narratives of lives perfected. As in these selfies, the images in this series feel somewhat believable on an aesthetic level as they explore the quirky and unique appearances of homes from the small towns of America. Yet there is a subtle feeling that there is something manufactured here as well. But can we put our finger on exactly how and where the images depart from reality? I'm taking a similar approach to this content as to the online selfie where a kind of filter has gone up that blurs the lines between the “real” and the fabricated. Everything that is presented in these images existed in the real world but not necessarily in the location or form in which I present them.

During these months of "sheltering in place" this series has taken on new meaning for me. These solitary houses speak of physical and social isolation; both the safety and comfort and the loneliness and exile of home. There’s a new sense of of urgency in using the home's exterior to signal to others information about who lives within these walls and what is important to them. I’ve seen many new manifestations of this need to share and express these concerns in the homes I’ve encountered during this period.

The 2020 “Shelter in Place” holiday season has been the impetus for a new series, Virtually No Place Like Home (for the Holidays). During this holiday season the desire to bring light into the darkest of times has been particularly evident. I noticed that many peoples’ holiday decorations are more elaborate than in years past and many people have left their decorations up well beyond the end of the holiday season. In these works I have aggregated many of the most poignant decorative elements from the homes I’ve observed and assembled them into new scenarios. As with the original series the question of where the “real” ends and fabrication begins is purposefully hard to discern.




ARC Gallery, San Francisco, 48 Pillars


Gray Loft Gallery, Oakland, CA, Blue

Albany Community Center Art Gallery, Albany, CA, Song Cycle, solo show


Art San Diego/Jen Tough Gallery, awarded Best in Show


Jingletown Art Center, Oakland, CA, Forty Fridas


Rhythmix Cultural Center, Water, two-person show

Slate Gallery, Oakland, CA, Body Language, three person show

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Counterpoint, solo show


California State University, East Bay, University Art Gallery, Conceptual Photography

Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Oakland, CA, Spanning the Bay


David Brower Center, Berkeley, CA, Congregating

333 Bush Street Lobby Installation, San Francisco, CA

Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Oakland, CA, Crossing Over, solo show


Rhythmix Cultural Center, Alameda, CA, Counterpoint, solo show

Oakland Airport, From the Golden Gate Bridge to Oakland, Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA

Mills Building Lobby Installation, San Francisco, CA


Kala Institute, Berkeley, CA, Fresh Work

Academy of Art University Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Faculty Show

Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA, Counterpoint, solo show

PHOTO Gallery, Oakland, CA, Counterpoint, solo show

Berkeley Civic Arts, Center, Berkeley, CA

Mills Building Gallery, San Francisco, CA

San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA, You Look Familiar


Louie Meager Gallery, Ohlone College, The Educated Eye

California State University, East Bay, Hayward, CA, University Art Gallery, Annual Faculty Exhibit


Alameda Public Library, Topographies and Past Tense, solo exhibition

Autobody Gallery, id:Entity, three person show

Academy of Art University Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Faculty and Alumni Show

Kala Institute, Berkeley, CA, Fresh Works

California State University East Bay Art Gallery, Hayward, CA, Annual Faculty Exhibition


Soap Gallery, San Francisco, CA, By the Bay

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, Innovation and Imagination

California State University East Bay Art Gallery, Hayward, CA, Annual Faculty Exhibition

Louie Meager Gallery, Ohlone College, Fremont, CA, The Art of Grief

Dorothy Herger Gallery, Solano College, Fairfield, CA, Annual Faculty Exhibition

Artwork SF Gallery, San Francisco, CA, One Night Stand


K Gallery, Alameda, CA, The Locals, three person show

Kala Institute Gallery, Berkeley, CA, Artist in Residence Annual Exhibition


Dorothy Herger Gallery, Solano College, Fairfield, CA, Annual Faculty Exhibition

Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA The Looking Glass


California State University East Bay Art Gallery, Hayward, CA Annual Faculty Exhibition

Kala Institute Gallery, Berkeley, CA Artists in Residence Annual Exhibition


Works/San Jose, San Jose, CA Beginnings and Endings, three person show


California State University Art Gallery, Hayward, CA Annual Faculty Exhibition


California State University Art Gallery, Hayward, CA Annual Faculty Exhibition


Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA, Annual Awards Show

University YWCA at Cal Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, The Unfashionable Human Body, solo show


Anita Seipp Gallery, Palo Alto, CA, Disorderly Conduct, three person show


Matrix Gallery, Sacramento, CA, three person show


University of Nevada, Exit Gallery, solo show

Napa Valley College Main Street Gallery, Every Picture Tells a Story, three person show

Works Gallery, San Jose, CA, Voilà, la Femme, three person show


San Francisco State University Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA solo show



DeYoung Museum, San Francisco, CA, Bay Area Artists

Art Call, Summer Portfolio Show


Center for Fine Art Photography, Ft. Collins, CO, H2O/Water, Honorable Mention award


ARC Gallery, San Francisco, Four Square


Dickerman Print, San Francisco, CA, New Residents Exhibition

333 Bush Street, San Francisco, an exhibition organized by Suzy Locke Associates and the Kala Institute, Berkeley, CA


Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA Snap


ARC Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Foto, Pushing Boundaries

San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA, You Look Familiar

Oakland International Airport, From the Golden Gate Bridge to Oakland: Trade and Tourism

Berkeley Civic Center, Berkeley, CA, Civic Art Exhibition

Mills Building Gallery, San Francisco, Kala Art Institute Artists


Frank Bette Center, Alameda, CA, Alameda on Camera

Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA, Faculty and Alumni Photography Exhibition

Vermont Photo Space, Essex Junction, VT, Interactive Portraits


Frank Bette Center, Alameda, CA, Alameda on Camera


Frank Bette Center, Alameda, CA, Alameda on Camera


University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, International Print Exhibition

NAU Art Museum, Flagstaff AZ, 3rd Biennial National Print Exhibition


Kellogg Art Gallery, Cal Poly CSU, Pomona, CA, Ink and Clay Henry Hopkins, curator


Lankershim Art Gallery, North Hollywood, Eye Feast (November) and Random Thoughts (December)

Millard Sheets Gallery, Pomona, CA, Envisioning the Future


Napa Valley College Fine Arts Gallery, Bay Area Art V, Rene Di Rosa, Juror


San Jose Art League, Genderplex

Napa Valley College Art Gallery, Bay Area Art IV, Rene Di Rosa, Juror

Buddy Holly Center Gallery, Lubbock, Texas, Illuminance


Napa Valley College Art Gallery, Bay Area Art 3, Rene DiRosa, Juror


Calumet Photo Gallery, San Francisco, Is it Photography 2?

San Francisco Camerawork, Commotion

Fine Arts Center In Taos, The Manipulated Photographic Image

Eastern New Mexico University, Annual Photography Exhibit


Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA, Statewide Photography Exhibition, Sandra Phillips, curator


San Bernadino County Museum, 30th Annual Open Exhibition, Henry Hopkins, juror

Bayfront Gallery Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA, California Dreaming, Philip Linares, juror

Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA, Exposures ’95, Sandra Phillips, juror


Center For the Visual Arts, Oakland, CA, Third Annual Photography Exhibition, Rupert Jenkins, juror

Alameda Historical Museum, Contemporary Women Artists


Bayfront Gallery Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA, Women on Women


ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, CA, Images & Objects


Natsoulas/Novelozo Gallery, Davis, CA, Calgene Contemporary Fine Arts

Eye Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Selections ’89, Joan Murray, juror


National Congress of Art and Design, Salt Lake City, Utah, Artreach ’88, Henry Hopkins, juror

Natsoulas/Novelozo Gallery, Davis, CA, Introductions’88, Roy De Forest, Mel Ramos and Clayton Bailey, curators


San Diego Art Institute, California Art, Henry Hopkins, juror

New Mexico State University Art Gallery, New American Color

Gallery House, Palo Alto, CA, Kenneth Baker, juror

Artist’s Collaborative Gallery, Sacramento, CA, Emerging Artists ‘86


Kresge Art Museum, East Lansing, MI

Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria VA, Lynn Warren, curator

Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Laguna Beach, CA, Henry Hopkins, juror



Kaiser Permanente, Berkeley, commissioned to create two large scale artworks for medical facility.


Art Call, Summer Portfolio Show, Awarded Best in Show


Pollux Award Gala Exhibition, Honorable Mention for Collage Category

Alameda County Art Commission, commissioned to create 6 artworks for utility box project


Art San Diego, Awarded Best In Show


Beautiful San Francisco MUNI Public Art Project, commissioned to create 8 artworks for San Francisco MUNI buses

Alameda County Art Commission, Transition Day Reporting Center Decorative Glass Public Art Project, commissioned to create design for large glass element

Private Art Commission, San Francisco, commissioned to create large-scale mural translated to 3M Wall covering

Kaiser Permanente Offices, Oakland, CA, commissioned to create two artworks translated to metal for executive offices

923 Folsom Street, San Francisco, commissioned to create a design translated to architecturally integrated insulated glass unit for ground floor windows of a new SOMA mixed –use development


Texas Tech University, finalist for commission to create large outdoor mural for Engineering building

Mountain View Community Center Project, commissioned to create large scale photographic entryway mural


Center for Fine Art Photography, Ft. Collins, CO, H2O/Water, Honorable Mention award

Northern Texas University, Denton TX, commissioned to create large-scale artwork for Bruce Hall featuring imagery of university life and community

City of Newport, Oregon, finalist for commission of artwork for Newport Municipal Pool facility

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, commissioned to create artwork for new Police Headquarters facility

City of Morgan Hill, CA, finalist for commission of Gateway three-dimensional artwork for entrance to city


Texas Tech University Rawls Golf Course Team Facility, commissioned to create a large-scale photographic tile mural for outdoor gateway


San Francisco General Hospital Emergency Department Art Wall, San Francisco Art Commission, finalist

Elevate Atlanta 2013, commissioned by City of Atlanta office of Cultural Affairs to create large-scale banner installations

Temple Beth El, Charlotte, NC, artwork commission for large-scale photographic mural on metal

Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital Expansion Project, Stanford University, artwork commission for two large-scale photographic murals

Palo Alto Public Art Commission, finalist, Regional Water Quality Control Plant Project

Dickerman Prints, San Francisco, CA, Awarded Artist in Residence

San Lorenzo Public Library, finalist, commission of glass feature for library exterior

Alameda County Art Commission, Highland Hospital Public Art Project, 6 artworks commissioned for hospital

Los Angeles Metro Expo Line Public Art Project, finalist, station artwork commission

San Francisco Art Commission, Acquisition of 3 artworks for new Public Utilities Commission Headquarters, San Francisco, CA

Berkeley Civic Art Center, Honorarium Award


Dimond District Public Art Commission, Oakland CA, mural artwork commission

Oakland Museum of California, Professional Services Division, artwork installed in Oakland City Center

Alameda County Art Commission, Ashland Youth Center Project, finalist, artwork commission Alameda County Art Commission, Ashland Youth Center Project, finalist, building exterior design

Kala Art Institute and City of Berkeley Public Art Exhibition, Milvia and Shattuck, Berkeley, CA

City of Berkeley Civic Arts Center installation of artwork


San Francisco General Hospital Public Art Project, finalist, commission to create two large scale glass elements with photographic imagery, SF Arts Commission

Frank Bette Center, Alameda on Camera, Awarded Best in Show, Alameda, CA


Artist in Residence, Kala Institute, Berkeley


Millard Sheets Gallery (in association with The Smithsonian Institution), Pomona, CA, Envisioning the Future, Awarded Third Prize



Pollux Award Gala Exhibition, Honorable Mention for Collage Category


The Photo Review, 2018 Competition, Some (Relatively) Small Buildings


Academy of Art U News, Issue 10, 2016, Photography Instructors Team Up On Winning MUNI Project


Shots Magazine, June 2014 Issue

Lens Culture Online Magazine, Editor's Pick, February


Lenscratch online, Counterpoint project


San Francisco Chronicle, The Great Bra Debate, November 7, 2007


Like Sand from Orchid’s Lips, TCB-Cafe Publishing, San Francisco, CA, 2006


Hayden’s Ferry Review, University of Arizona Press, Spring/Summer 2001, issue 28


New Mexico Photographer Magazine, May Issue

The Taos News, Tempo Magazine, Taking Control: The Manipulated Photographic Image, March 4th Issue


New Mexico Photographer Magazine, May Issue

Photographer’s Forum Magazine, Best of Photography Annual

Shots Magazine, Issue #61, June Issue

Sacramento News and Reviews, Goings On Art Review, March Issue


Our Children Magazine, The Arts Go to School, January/February Issue

Spartan Daily, Mixed Media, September 8th Issue

The Alameda Journal, Unique Project put Young and Old on Common Ground, October 17th Issue

San Jose Mercury News, MACLA takes Viewers on an Amusing, Rad Ride, September 21st Issue


Photo Review Magazine, Summer Issue



Adjunct Faculty, Photography Department, Academy of Art University graduate and undergraduate divisions, San Francisco, CA


Lecturer in Photography, Art Department, California State University, East Bay


Adjunct Faculty in Photography, Art Department, Ohlone College, Fremont, CA


Adjunct Faculty in Photography, Art Department, Solano College, Fairfield, CA



M.F.A. (Photography), CUNY-Brooklyn College


B.F.A. (Photography), School of Visual Arts, NYC


Alameda County Art Commission

Kala Institute, Berkeley, CA

Berkeley Civic Arts Center

San Francisco Art Commission, Laguna Honda Hospital

Dickerman Print, San Francisco, CA

The Brower Center, Berkeley, CA

San Francisco Public Utility Commission

City of Atlanta Cultural Affairs Commission

San Francisco General Hospital

Metropolitan Transportation Commission

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center

Laguna Honda Hospital

Kaiser Permanente, Oakland and Berkeley, CA

Lucille Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford University

City of Mountain View, CA


Springboard Arts, Chicago

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artist Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Kala Institute Gallery, Berkeley, CA

Danielle Wohl Fine Art, Palo Alto, CA

Suzy Locke and Associates Fine Art Consulting, Oakland, CA