My artistic style has evolved through the years and is an expression of my childhood aspirations. My journey has taken me from my great grandmother’s small farmyard in Claremont, Virginia where I can remember the moment of inspiration when I was three years old. My grandmother came to pick me up on a Saturday morning to take me into town, Waverly, Virginia, to see a movie, the first time in my life. The movie was “The Circus” starring Charlie Chaplin.
Charlie Chaplin took me visually into a fascinating world full of mystery and curiosity. This experience had an enormous impact on me that would spark my passion for film. The silver screen captured my imagination and the wonder of how that works. Out of a hole in the wall streaming light was projected onto a silver screen with moving images of an animated character bigger than life. I stood on my seat leaning on the back of the seat in front of me, mesmerized as I reached out with my hand trying to touch the magic that was streaming above my head.
My journey was set in motion and my love for the performing arts would become my marriage that eventually lead me to a master; Tony Montanaro of Celebration Mime Theatre, South Paris, Maine, where I would begin my craft as a performer. This opened a new portal that led me to many adventures to perform with the Children’s Theatre of Maine; The Bangor Ballad; Street Corner Mime a performing name for my own performance company; Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus, 1976 Bicentennial Celebration as a performer of many different character’s and as an advance promotional clown. Performed at Six Flags Over America Amusement Park. I appeared on “Small Wonders Children’s Television,” San Francisco: “Kids World,” “Duck Duck Goose,” “Skipper Chuck” and “Romper Room” in Miami, Florida.
I have studied with L.A. Actors Lab, Burgess Meredith Summer Workshop Project and appeared in many national television commercials and films. Also studied and performed with the Grove Mont Theatre in Cannery Row and the Forrest Theatre in Carmel, California.
I was a fashion model doing print, runway and industrial films with Jimmy Grimme and Stars modeling agencies in San Francisco. In Miami Michelle Pommier Model agency kept me busy with print, runway, industrial films, T.V. commercial, and films. I went on tour doing special events and nightclubs with Howard Schwartz Promotional Group.
Here are a few of my credits that I am proud to share: producer and director of Aspen Children’s Festival; Snowmass Puppet Festival 1982 Colorado; Aspen Grassroots Public Television creating the Hinton Special; “Feed and Clothe the Children,” “Life style of the Poor and Unknown,” and “Cowboy on a Bike.”
My concerns for peace since returning from Vietnam have been a continuing priority as evidenced by my participation in “The Great Peace March Across America 1986.” In 1990, I created, directed and produced, “Continuing the Vision for Peace.” I worked as an assistant volunteer with the founder and director of “Project Planet Earth,” Claire Chappellet, who encouraged and supported artist for environmental concerns globally. In 1995, I did a documentary called “The Journey for Peace and Healing in the Americas” with Connie Marlow, the founder of “Friends of the Earth People.”
I published Coyote Bark/Poetic Art a ragazine journal of contemporary literature and poetry from 1990 to 2001. I have received awards from “Hollywood Famous Poets Society” and have been honored by “Mile High Poetry Society” in Colorado.
In 2002/03 I graduated from the narrative program at the Zaki Gordon Institute for Independent Filmmaking in Sedona, Arizona. I received the “Hurricane Award” from Dan Gordon, the founder of ZGIIF, for my film “Shadow Being” that I wrote, produced and directed.
In 2004/05 I completed the documentary program at the Zaki Gordon Institute with my thesis film 7007 Sunsets. Presently I am living in the Los Angeles area, networking and raising capital to continue production on my film.
I invite you to browse through my gallery of photos, art, poetry, short stories and short films like “She is Poetry,” “Apache Vision,” “Bicycling in Austin,” “Othello In Aspen,” and “Shadow Being,” and some “mini shorts”.