|My mother studied life drawing and fiber arts and my father is a sculptor. Both received BFA's from Wayne State University. My father is an executive manager of design sculptors at the General Motors Technical Center.
I attended the Roeper City and Country School in Birmingham, Michigan from 1983 to 1988. Roeper was founded by George and Anne Marie Roeper, German Jews who fled to America just before World War II. They impressed on us an insistence on human rights and the terror of historical violence and injustice.The curriculum was Humanist and the academic culture was serious and competitive. My area of concentration was Biology, but Art, Literature and History were important also. Roeper set before us the main challenges of history and asserted that art is a valid reaction to the helplessness one feels.
I studied Biology, especially Comparative Anatomy, and then Painting at the University of Michigan. I received a BFA with honors in 1993. In 1997 I completed my MFA at Indiana University. I taught art history, drawing, and painting there for two years. I received the Travel Grant for Foreign Study to Italy in 1996.
I have traveled to learn from previous painters and at times I have been too loyal a student. It is hard but, I think, critically important to extract the quality of the great works without copying the features. I studied Renaissance painting throughout Italy, finding special value in the Carravaggios in Rome. Especially informative were my later travels to the Morandi Museum in Bologna, and then the Francis Bacon retrospecti ve at Le Centre Du Georges Pompidou in Paris. The Soutines at L'Orangerie, and many works at Le Musee D'Orsay and the Louvre, are still in my mind. I recently traveled to see the great works of the National Portrait Gallery, the Tate, and the Tate Modern, in London.
After graduate school I married Sandra Bache, who took my last name and is a painter and photographer and alumna of the College for Creative Study. We live and jointly maintain a studio in Brooklyn New York.
I work as a museum artist at the American Museum of Natural History. My work there is primarily anatomical sculpture. My reconstruction of Protoceratops was featured in Discover magazine in 1999. Currently I am working on marine animals and plants for the new Hall of Ocean Life set to open in 2003.