Greetings and welcome. You’ve found This Playground, a site I created in 2010 as a space to explore ideas about art, design, creativity, and teaching. My teaching and my writing led to my ideas for PhotoPlay, (published by Chronicle Books, March 2014), the first-of-its-kind photo-based prompt book, of which 10,000 copies sold worldwide. In October 2015, PhotoPlay was reprinted in the Netherlands: Het Enige Echte Fotodoodleboek Voor Kids. Along with other kinds of prompts, PhotoPlay continues to be a favorite part of my approach to teaching, no matter the age of the student.
Photographer, painter, author and designer, I’ve been a full-time studio artist for thirty years: Making images, creating work for other people, leading workshops, receiving commissions, licensing work for publication, designing books, board games, and crosswalks.
An art educator and creator of ArtLab for All Ages, a hands-on program at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, I’m also an insatiable traveler: In 2014 I began to work for Celebrity Cruises, designing itinerary-based projects to teach creative watercolor painting aboard the ships. For five years I traveled the world teaching hundreds of passengers, while creating many of my own collections of paintings inspired by the experience. In 2018, I was awarded a residency at the Millay Colony of the Arts, and my work was selected for the Biennial at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. In 2020, a solo exhibition of paintings was on view at the Zillman Art Museum.
Known for my unique painted images and my work with the photographic negative, my art is exhibited, published, commissioned, and collected around the world.
Since 1996, I’ve lived and worked in a reconstructed barn, with my family, on the coast of Maine.
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