I started a life in photography at age 6 with the awesome Brownie Hawkeye camera. Fast forward to college and I got a taste of being a professional by becoming the assistant team photographer to the NY Giants NFL football team. Another fast forward and I found myself “retired” living in Wimberley. I flunked retirement however as I found I could sell photographs and paintings in fine art galleries between Austin and San Antonio. I got involved on the business side as well as, with partners, I founded Art on 12 gallery in Wimberley. At 5,000 sq ft with 50 artists showing, Art on 12 could be the largest gallery in the state. I have also had some success with commercial sales. My photographs are displayed in the Cobalt chain of hospitals nationally and in some Houston golf clubhouses.
A year ago (2017), I was exhibiting in Palm Beach Art at the Convention Center and I noticed a booth near mine devoted to something called the “Bold Beauty Project”. I spent increasing amounts of time in that booth as I became fascinated with the Project and learned in increasing detail how it worked. Finally, one of the Project leaders, Patrice Samara asked me, “when can we bring the Project to Texas?” At first, I felt that this was impossible. Only large Cities like Miami, Philadelphia and Washington could organize and host a Project. Wimberley has only 2,600 people. But then I increasingly felt that Wimberley could do it. We have a lot of smart and hardworking people in Wimberley who are prepared to work on something like the Bold Beauty Project as volunteers. We could show that small towns in rural areas can punch way above our weight. And the results are before you.