Recent Work

international agent: Louis Klaitman

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feline water spirit #1

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paradise skyline


thoughtforms 2

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sitting water spirit #2

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urban mindscape

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santa cruz pier monster

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living on planet x

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skull and ghost


planet claire

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truth be told

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behind the veil

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street art composite


world of green

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santa cruz summer


7" x 9" $60

9" x 12" $80

16" x 20" $100

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little fish


Impossible images 


I combine painting and photography with computers to create art that can't be easily rendered with either paint or photography, or with any other conventional media.

As a teenager I studied painting with Polish artist Leo Cizes and later, at New York’s Art Students League.  In the 1960s, I became interested in photography, but even before I bought my first camera, I built a darkroom. My art has always been about crafting pictures rather than taking pictures. 


In 1968 I, my wife Betty and I, founded Exposure Gallery on New York’s lower East side.  During the1960’s, I exhibited my work there and at other East Coast galleries. A.D. Coleman,  photography critic of the New York Times at that time described me as a technical master. My photographs from that period were one of a kind images individually crafted using bleaches, dyes, and toners. You can find examples of this work from the 1960s here.  


In 1970 I moved from Manhattan to Berkeley California.  Impressed by the amazing flora of Northern California I began crafting Oshibana, pictures made with pressed flowers. In the 1970’s, my Wilderness Cards were sold at scores of galleries throughout coastal California.


In 1985, while l was working for McGraw Hill, I was introduced to digital media, which profoundly influenced my work. Where once I painted with colors, I could now paint with images. Today my work includes both black and white photography as well as digital art.  I hope you enjoy it.