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I entered the worlds of dance, music and art as a child.  As a teen, I began to experiment with transferring the movement of the body onto paper,merging two of my passions.  Soon I was exhibiting works of calligraphic line combined with watercolor and pastels.

In an ironic twist, though allergic to chemicals, I stumbled into photography.  While supervising food photo shoots, the printer noticed some of my negatives and asked if he could enlarge them.  The astounding results opened up another world of expression and suddenly I was exhibiting photographs.  That was over 25 years ago.

Now the camera is my brush, and lens provides a sharper focus as I search for movement, contrasting textures and strong compositional elements.  I like to use the tension between negative and positive space to create drama.  I am fond of smaller compositions that draw the view in; some are meditative and others burst with energy.  I feel that my photographs express the same energy that I poured into my paintings.  You are seeing the world through my eyes.


ACTIVITIES   1996-Present New Century Arts, Inc. (NCA), New York, NY - Vice President, Board of Directors   

AWARDS      St. Gaudens Medal for Drawing from the Metropolitan Museum of Art

PUBLISHED Photographic Journeys, Book, 9/2012
                         Times Beacon Record Newspapers (6) (North Shore of L I) Royal to Rusty, 2/2011
Royal to Rusty, Photographs of Antique Cars and Trucks, Book, 2010
New York Newsday, June & July 2007
New York Times, Sunday Edition, August, 2002,
Night Life (Russian Newspaper), November 2002,
Reflections on the Holocaust 2001,
A Case Against Tall Buildings & Virtue of Recycled Old Ones, Booklet, 1996,
Art & Auction Magazine Season Greeting Cards 1995/96,
Art & Auction Magazine April/May 1996,
Art Speak 1986-1996
Photography in New York 1996

 SOLO EXHIBITIONS  To date, I have had 26 solo exhibitions of my work at the following galleries, colleges, synagogues and restaurants in and around the New York region:  New Century Artists in Soho and Chelsea, Beth El Synagogue Center in New Rochelle, Hebrew Tabernacle, NY, Next  Gallery at Metropolitan College of NY, Mayer Brown & Platt Gallery, Man Ray Gallery, Soho Woman on the Park, Taranto Photography Gallery, JASA, Portfolio Restaurant Gallery, Amy’s Restaurant, The Cadman Plaza Public Library in Brooklyn Heights and Yaffe Ruden Galleries.

 TWO  PERSON EXHIBITIONS   To date, 2011Royal to Rusty, Photographs of Cars & Trucks”, North Shore Public Library, Shoreham, NY, 2001 & 2008 Royal to Rusty, Photographs of Cars & Trucks”, Image Gallery and NCA Gallery

 INVITATIONAL EXHIBITIONS   To date, Foto Foto Invitational Photo Exhibition, Huntington, NY, Photo Invitational, BJ Spoke Gallery, Huntington, NY, “Life in the City” 9/11 Photo Exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), 2001 Biennale Photography Exhibition “Home”, Fennimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY

CURATED   Since 1986 I have curated over 50 photography and mixed-media exhibitions in galleries and public spaces for the West Side Arts Coalition, Metropolitan Painters and Sculptors, Metropolitan College of New York and a special traveling exhibition for the Committee for Environmentally Sound Development.

 GROUP EXHIBITIONS  To date, I have exhibited in over 190 group exhibitions at the following galleries: New Century Artists  (Soho and Chelsea) Foto Foto Gallery in Huntington, Southampton Cultural Center, Ashwagh Hall in East Hampton, Water Mill Museum, Image Gallery in Riverhead, NY, Office of the Manhattan Borough President   92nd Street  Y, West Side Arts Coalition, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Lever House, Cornell Medical Library, Montserrat Gallery, Pen & Brush Gallery, Jadite Gallery, East End Arts Council, Riverhead, NY and Goddard Riverside Center.

 EDUCATION   Lehman College – CUNY – BA in Fine Arts/Art History, New School/Parsons School of Design, NY, Pratt Graphic Center, NY, Art Students League of NY

 PAST AFFILIATIONS   1986-98 West Side Arts Coalition (WSAC), NY - Board of Directors, Photography Chairperson/Curator, 1999-2001 East End Arts & Humanities Council Inc. Riverhead, NY, 1994-96  Committee for Environmentally Sound Development, Inc., Curator and Photographer for Special Exhibition, 1993-99 Metropolitan Painters & Sculptors – Curator and Secretary, 1993-98 Professional Women Photographers

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