Bio: not a life story; a collage of snapshots. The plain facts, if you want to skip ahead, are at the bottom of the page. (For a list of exhibitions, awards, and publications, click here.)

Two first names: a never ending challenge for receptionists—and others. No, there’s no s on Daniel, and no, it’s not Danial (I bite my tongue, not to growl “have you ever seen Daniel spelled that way?!”) That first first name, how do you spell it? Are you sure? Pronounced Eddy, yes, like a gentle whirlpool in a river.

Wau-wa-to-sa: Indian name; means “firefly." But you can say Milwaukee too; close enough. Another Indian name: “meeting of the waters.” One of the waters, the Menomonee (yep, Indian) River is a short walk from my house. Going there can take me a long way from home. Milwaukee is a fine place to live—if you don’t count the second half of winter, from Feb to Apr. I still miss spring, which I loved in NY where I spent my first 20 years. No, not The City: a suburb north of New Jersey. Near the Hudson, but my river then was a creek called Nauraushaun (Indian.) That’s creek, pronounced like cheek, not crick, which I get in my neck all too often these days.

Married, with children. Actually, they’re grown ups now. Alex lives in Boston, works for the Unitarian Universalist Association and does copy editing on the side - she can spot a single italic comma on a page full of straight text. Chelsea recently returned from 18 months in Managua, Nicaragua, where she worked as a volunteer for Cantera, a non-profit community development organization. I wish I could speak Spanish half as well as her. Married to Lynn, art therapist extraodinaire. If art isn't therapeutic I don't know what is!

Artist/teacher or teacher/artist. I did both for…well, a long time until I stopped the teaching part in 2011 to devote myself to the artist part. Now it's artist/writer. I taught photography, architecture, graphic design, drawing, ceramics, art history: there’s a lot of art in the world, thank goodness! Creativity is key to teaching as well as art. Like a shark, you have to keep moving forward or you die. Teaching is a lot like art: it has no impact if you’re doing it for yourself.

Activist, now there’s an elusive identity. Truth, Justice, and the American Way! or the Nicaraguan way, the Peruvian way; or the way of Aldo Leopold, John Muir, Thoreau; actually more along the lines of Eliot Porter, Robert Glen Ketchum, Pete Seeger, Bono – a few of my heroes. “…A man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?”

Professional Experience

University of Wisconsin - Waukesha, Waukesha, WI
Carroll College, Waukesha, WI
Mount Mary College, Milwaukee, WI
St. Norbert College, DePere, WI
Marquette University High School, Milwaukee, WI

Organizational Experience

Friends of the Hank Aaron State Trail, arts committee, 2005 - present
Coalition of Photographic Arts, Founding Member, Board of Directors, 2005 - 2009
Milwaukee Riverkeeper (formerly Friends of Milwaukee’s Rivers), Board of Directors, 1999 – 2009
Unitarian Universalist Church West, Gallery Director, 1993-1998
Milwaukee Area Teachers of Art, Board of Directors

Professional Memberships

Society for Photographic Educators
Wisconsin Visual Artists (formerly Wis. Painters and Sculptors)
Milwaukee Area Teachers of Art
Coalition of Photographic Arts
Milwaukee Artists Resource Network


University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, 1985: M.S., Art Education
          Thesis Exhibition: Photography and Cliché-Verre
University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1976: B.S., Art Education

Post-Graduate Studies

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Maine Photographic Workshops
Santa Fe Photographic Workshops

For a list of exhibitions, awards, and publications, click here.

Saving the Whales, Triptych, Milwaukee, WI

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