An art and architecture journalist turned artist
From the press-room downstairs there was an ascending roar as the big press mounted to its capacity. As he entered the office and drank in the warm tides of steel and ink that soaked the air, he awoke suddenly...
- Thomas Wolfe, Look Homeward, Angel
I know what Thomas Wolfe felt. My first job out of college was at a newspaper that still used linotype machines to set text in hot lead. One of my duties was to edit copy that already was set but was too long. So I learned to read upside down and backward. Printing as art, which I pursued for a few years, seemed only natural.
Since then, I've worked as a writer and editor, splitting my career half in journalism and half in advertising. As a journalist, I've written about art and architecture for newspapers in New Jersey and North Carolina. I've been Editor of North Carolina Architect and Design Editor of Southern Living magazines. I've written a number of non-fiction books on architecture. Then a few years ago, I wrote a novel that was all about places and times. And where the main character was an architect.
I've lived in Austin, Texas since 1984, but I was born in New York City, grew up in North Carolina, and earned my BA in English Literature from Hamilton College in upstate New York. Art always was there. As an undergraduate, I was one Art course shy of a double major in English and Art. I later did graduate work in Architecture at North Carolina State University, where I also studied printmaking.
Now in recent years I've returned to printmaking. I've studied at Penland School of Craft in North Carolina and at Austin Community College, which has purchased my work for its permanent collection. Other prints have been included in juried exhibits across Texas, as well as in California, Minnesota, Wyoming, and Australia (twice).