My artistic gift is my recently discovered ability to create cosmic digital art rooted in fractal geometry, hovering at the intersection of technology and the natural world, where quantum physics, chaos theory, and divine order converge. Fueling my precise yet sprawling, other-worldly images is my chosen palette of multiple software programs, algorithms, and artificial intelligence.
My path to becoming an artist has been an untraditional one, and my visionary power reflects my rare personal history and the circumstances that literally control my perception.
In 2017, a relapse of MS combined with the worsening of a traumatic brain injury I had suffered in a 1984 motorcycle accident led to Acquired Savant Syndrome and synesthesia. Suddenly my vision and cognition were drastically affected; and a part of my brain was essentially rewired, granting me artistic abilities I had never before possessed nor was ever interested in possessing.
I guess you might call it an ‘awakening’; it was strange—to say the least— but at the same time wonderful.
My synesthesia—a condition in which one sense modality occurs when another modality is stimulated (for example, tasting sounds or hearing scents)—allows me to see colors as distinct shapes, and to see images in 3D or in layers. I, as one of just over 300 people in the world with Acquired Savant Syndrome (mostly males), as well as a synesthete, simply don’t perceive the world as most people do; and my work is a response to the uniquely inspiring (and often jarring) reality—or hyper-reality—that I inhabit.
I work mostly with fractals—which is considered the fourth dimension. For me, the fractal is the ideal vehicle to represent the distorted (or hyperreal, as the case may be) state of my visual perception. A fractal, in short, is a detailed pattern that repeats ad infinitum. Such self-similar patterns occur throughout nature, as in trees, seashells, crystals, etc. (Romanesco broccoli, for example, is a natural approximation of a fractal because a single floret resembles every other floret and the entire head of broccoli per se.)
In my work, I don’t merely reproduce fractals mechanically, but actually deconstruct and reconstruct them, reworking them into basic primitive shapes and radiantly colored patterns—twisting the mechanics of geometry and the natural order. My final creations are printed on acrylic sheets and sometimes metal.
My traumatic brain injury and years of medical problems have led to untold personal agonies and major challenges in almost every facet of my life. However, they have also led to a wondrously creative world and allowed me to tap into a fantastical realm of perception inaccessible to other artists. In a sense, my work functions as an ongoing series of dispatches from this strange subjective world; but it is still closely connected to a universal, shared reality for which my relatively new gifts as an artist have made me an emissary.
To date, I have little understanding about where my work and inspiration come from and where it will lead next. I do know that my art continues to advance in technical complexity. I count approximately almost 700 created works since 2017.
My art is prolific and compulsive and rewarding; and I wish to understand more about this gift bestowed upon me through the unlikeliest of circumstances.
May 2020 - Director and Founder of the Savant Artist Collective.
Virginia War Memorial
November 2020 - “Blackdove Artist” - creating motion art for Blackdove
May 2020 - “Sedition Art Artist” - creating motion art for Sedition Art
2020 - VX 2020 - The Center for Global Art
2020 - “Artscape 2020 - Virtual Artists' Market” - Baltimore, MD.
2020 - “Off the Wall” - Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL.
2019 - “Star Spangled Art Exhibit” St Petersburg College, Tarpon Springs, FL.
2019-2020 - “Inaugural Exhibit” Veterans Art Gallery at the Virginia War Memorial
2019 - MSAA (Multiple Sclerosis Association of America) Four Seasons Art Showcase
August 2019 - “ParkBeats” at Central Park - Osseo, WI.
October 2020 - "Journey with Morpheus" and "Fractal Sunflower- "Onward and Upward" -Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL.
September 2020 - "Journey with Morpheus" (Award of Excellence & Publicity Award) - "The Spirit of Resilience" "The Healing Power of Art and Artists - Manhattan Arts International - New York, NY.
July 2020 - "Gravitational Pull" - "Less is More" - Venice Art Center, Venice, FL.
July 2020 - “A Strange and Wonderful World" - "The Big Show - National Juried Exhibition" - Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL.
May 2020 - “Antibodies" (Special Recognition) - "Art and Vision" - Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL.
January 2020 - “Third Eye" (Honorable Mention) - "Eye Candy" - Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL.
January 2020 - “A Wandering Soul” - "Untamed" - Venice Art Center, Venice, FL.
December 2019 - “Hanging by a Thread” (Second Place) - "Flashes of Brilliance" - Venice Art Center, Venice, FL.
December 2019 - “13 Thousand Bezier Curves" (Honorable Mention) & “Spectra”- "Open Season: National Juried Competition" - Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL.
November 2019 - “Majestic" - "Giving Thanks" - Art Center Manatee, Bradenton, FL.
October 2019 - “Glitter Bomb” - “In Gold We Trust” - Ashton Gallery at Art on 30th, San Diego, CA.
September 2019 - “Spectra” (Merit Award) and “Majestic" - "Welcome Back to Paradise" - Venice Art Center, Venice, FL.
June 2019 - “Majestic" - "Made Fresh" - Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL.
June 2019 - “Majestic" - "National Veterans Art Competition" - Tampa FL and USA
June 2018 - “Technicolor Kiss" - "Florida’s Finest" - Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL.
March 2018 - "Arabian Nights" - "REAL - NOT REAL" - Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL.
December 2017 - "Blocked" Diptych - "New and Now" - Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL.
September 2020 - "Journey with Morpheus" Award of Excellence & Publicity Award - "The Spirit of Resilience" The Healing Power of Art and Artists - Manhattan Arts International - New York, NY.
May 2020 - “Antibodies" - Special Recognition - "Art and Vision" - Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL.
February 13, 2020 - Featured Artist - ArtsyShark juried competition.
January 2020 - Honorable Mention - “Third Eye” - “Eye Candy” Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL.
December 2019 - Second Place - “Hanging by a Thread” - “Flashes of Brilliance” Venice Art Center, Venice, FL
December 2019 - Special Award - “13 Thousand Bezier Curves” - “OPEN SEASON” Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL.
September 2019 - Merit Award - “Spectra” - “Welcome Back To Paradise” Venice Art Center, Venice, FL
Veteran Art Movement - Frontline Arts - Branchburg, NJ
Veteran Artist Program
1996 - MS. Ed., School Psychology - The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY
1994 - B.S., Sociology - Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ