Through my art practice I work through understand man’s inhumanity to man. I was born on the day of Dr. Martin Luther King’s, “I Have A Dream,” speech. Since childhood, I have been interested in understanding the meaning of the Civil Rights Movement and have have worked to contribute in a meaningful way.
Graphic original photos of Nazi concentration camps opened my eyes to the evils of totalitarianism. At age twelve, I was given of the WWII photography collection of Maj. Raymond J. Getz M.D. He served in Gen. Patton’s 3rd US Army in WWII. Getz organized the hospitals for survivors from camps liberated by Patton.
As a high school exchange student from Colorado, I lived under the military dictatorship of Stroessner in Paraguay and Pinochet in Chile. My first hand experiences of military dictatorship transformed me from someone who wanted to enlist into the military into an anti-war activist. I was severely traumatized by experiences in Paraguay.
After years of unsuccessful medical treatment, I began making sculpture as therapy to deal with my chronic pain and anxiety that doctors could not treat.