I have taught in RISD’s Illustration Dept. since 1982 and my work spans painting, sculpture, scientific illustration and design. I have exhibited my fine art work both nationally and internationally. Venues have included the Aldrich Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the De Cordova Museum, the Mint Museum, the Pierogi Gallery, Caren Golden Gallery and many others.
As a Scientific Illustrator, I am currently working with Assist. Prof. Jian Chen from the Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County on several projects.
Additionally I have worked as a Scientific Illustrator on an Etruscan excavation in Murlo, Italy; the reconstruction of the Great Temple in Petra, Jordan; numerous historic and prehistoric excavations in Rhode Island and Mass., as well as survey archaeology in New Mexico.
Career: Design and Validation of Perceptually Accurate Spatial Data Visualization for Brain Cohort Analysis
Ongoing NSF Grant Proposal
Collaborator, with Assist Prof. Jian Chen, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County, on NSF grant proposal, entitled “Career: Design and Validation of Perceptually Accurate Spatial Data Visualization for Brain Cohort Analysis: Using Concepts from Arts, Perception, and Information Visualization”. If funded, the project would define perceptual cues, color, drawing and design strategies that could aid in effective spatial visualization of brain scans utilizing large data sets.
Brain Tractography Imaging
Collaborator, with Assist Prof. Jian Chen, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County, on Brain Tractography Imaging, creating visualization experiments involving brain pathology to define effective visualization strategies.
Scientific Illustrator: Etruscan Archaeological Expedition
Scientific Illustrator for Prof. Anthony Tuck of UMass Amherst on an Etruscan Archaeological Expedition in Murlo, Italy during the summers of 2012 and 2013, trained and brought 3 RISD students to work as archaeological illustrators for the excavation’s 6 week summer field school. Worked on reconstruction visualizations of a large Etruscan workshop building dating from 600 BCE. I hope to rejoin the excavation in the summer of 2016.
American Museum of Natural History: Visualization of Trilobite Morphology
During the Spring of 2015, my Scientific Illustration class worked with Melanie Hopkins, Assistant Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History on the visualization of trilobite morphology.
Excavations of the Great Temple in Petra
Summer 1995, 1996
Scientific Illustrator for Prof. Martha Joukousky, Brown University, in excavations of the Great Temple in Petra, Jordan. During the summers of 1995 and 1996 I worked on artifact renderings and site reconstructions.
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