Photographer, graphic designer, strategic branding and marketing consultant, publisher.
Born a Philadelphian, I was adopted by exceptionally generous and caring parents. I am fond of my childhood. The discovery of me playing the piano by ear, at age four, drove Mom and Dad to explore this novelty. Music lessons and art classes were added to my academic curricula and by age ten I was playing Bach and Beethoven on the organ and designing houses in art class. An interesting mix, classical music and architecture.
We traveled extensively as a family. First domestically, then to Asia, South America, and a cruise in 1967 on Holland America Lines “SS Rotterdam” to the West Indies. This cruise ignited an obsession; an infectious attraction to ships and the sea. I witnessed the birth of an entire industry and participated in its evolution as the owner of two travel agencies in Philadelphia in the late seventies. Thanks to an inspiring, entrepreneurial, and overly optimistic father who saw me running a business in my late teens, the travel part was the asset. Running a business was not for this fledging artist.
A move to California pursuant to the sale of the travel enterprise led me to define my design and graphic skills. Self-taught, I began producing strategies for a few clients when Macintosh launched a usable platform. Business took off and I grew this freelance enterprise into a fifteen-member marketing and design firm executing projects and campaigns for clients including Cadillac, Hilton, and other global, regional, and local companies.
In 2000 I moved to Miami, Florida to pursue projects in the hospitality and cruise industry including a start-up cruise line and publishing venture. Living just minutes from the cruise-capital of the world, I racked up hundreds of days cruising on several brands.
A life changing event in 2015 lured me to pursue a lifetime dream of mine, a transatlantic ocean crossing on an ocean liner. These events drove me to a new-found path of creativity re-energizing my creative senses. I bought a camera and the rest is history.