"Making the most complicated or disturbing subject matter compelling to the viewer has always been as important to me as creating
a work of beauty." BH
Minuscule to Monumental
At present I paint walls that sometimes measure up to 5,000 square feet (450 square meters) with a four inch (10cm) brush and a nine inch (23cm) roller.
However this was a dramatic change from the many years I spent drawing and reconstructing specimens measuring in micro millimeters through the microscope at the American and National Museums of Natural History in New York and Washington, DC. I reconstructed vertebrate fossils on paper and illustrated the genitalia of some of the tiniest moths in existence by focusing through the complex layers of the dissected tissues.
A Bachelor degree in Biology from the Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and evening courses at Cooper Union for the Arts and Sciences supplemented by study at the Art Students' League in New York uniquely qualified me to combine science and art as a career.
The educational aspect and the research involved in preparation for the art have always played an important role in my work. The training I gained in art schools laid a strong groundwork for the disciplines of art that I have mastered that include, besides various painting media, paper engineering pop-up books and working in glass.
Painting a life size fiberglass cow as a fundraiser for the Harrisburg Cow Parade paved the way for my transition from microcosm to macrocosm.