When did you first think about what you wanted to do as an adult?
In my mid-teens I wanted to be a news and current affairs journalist. In my late teens I wanted to try to become a pro tennis player!
Were you encouraged or discouraged by family, friends, teachers, mentors?
I was encouraged to become a journalist but nobody in my family had any involvement in journalism and so they had no network in the field to introduce me to. I arrived home one day and was informed that my father had booked me in to attend university to study social sciences! I dutifully attended!
What kind of kid were you?
I think I was extrovert, gregarious, enthusiastic and hard-working academically (although sadly only with regard to subjects I enjoyed), energetic and a gifted athlete. I read widely and enjoyed visual art. I particularly enjoyed creative writing, including poetry.
You are a master in both photography and painting. Do you consider yourself a photographer or a fine artist (painter)? Why?
My vocation is divided into three equal parts: 1. I am a portrait and landscape artist. 2. I am a portrait, product, and fashion photographer. 3. I have a recording library and sell audio transfers (mostly to Sony Music). I own one of the most significant private 78rpm record collections in the US specializing in vintage jazz and historical popular music. I have recordings that record companies no longer physically own, so they hire me to supply soundtracks for CD reissues and Internet streaming. Here’s a link to my YouTube channel that demonstrates the kind of music I have:
I get easily bored with a steady diet of one pursuit, so I bounce back and forth to keep things fresh and interesting. I’ll be heavily engaged in photography and see a wonderful piece of art, and be instantly inspired to return to painting. Each is a vacation from the other.
When did you first think about what you wanted to do as an adult? What kind of kid were you? Where did you grow up? What or Who were your influences?
I was a happy kid who grew up in the Bronx, New York. My parents supported me to explore the arts because we all loved to sing and dance. I learned to play the drums at school, and when I was ten-years-old, my parents drove me to Manhattan to perform in a network television show called Star Time Kids. From then until I graduated from Pratt Institute School of Architecture, I saw myself headed for a career in music.
who made spectacular architectural scale models of buildings like Huntington Hartford’s Paradise Island. My boss and I shared a love of jazz music, so I began to explore architecture to the soundtrack of Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Charles Mingus.
My most difficult and frightening childhood experience was when I almost lost my right arm to a malignancy at 17-years old, except for a successful, experimental stem cell transplant surgery. After a painful recovery, I remember feeling enormously grateful for cutting-edge innovation, and I kept in touch with the surgeon for decades afterwards, and always sent reprints of my project publications.