is my heritage. I credit my grandfather, an artist who painted murals
for the Cuban railroad in the 1950’s, for instilling this love of
art. I was raised in southern Cuba amidst tools, heavy machinery and
art supplies. My father was a welder at the local sugar mill and my
mother owned a garage that serviced commercial trucks. Fascination with
people, machines and paintbrushes was an integral part of my
childhood. Although formally trained as a psychologist and educator, my
aspirations have remained focused on art and photography throughout the
While working as a school psychologist in
Saudi Arabia in the 80’s, I met Jim Doran, a National Geographic
photographer. He became my mentor, turning what started as a hobby in
underwater photography into a career as an industrial photographer. My
challenge was creating artistic imagery for the annual reports of
Fortune 100 corporations. In 1996 fate again intervened, prompting my
family’s move to Catalina Island. I continued working commercial
assignments and began capturing the natural beauty of Catalina for Bill
Wrigley and the Santa Catalina Island Company. Creating beauty shots of
the Catalina landscape was such a sharp contrast to making heavy
industry look like art. The 90’s were also a time of diversification
into the fine art market and healthcare. I signed a publishing deal
with the Winn Devon Art Group who sold my fine art imagery through
galleries. I also founded Catalina Curtain Company, which has
incorporated nature vistas into healthcare settings in over 2,500
facilities worldwide. My photography is part of the Curator’s
Collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and currently on
exhibit in the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History in Washington
I feel fortunate to still live on
Catalina Island. My love affair with the island began in the 70’s when I
was a Junior in high school. I was certified in SCUBA and came to dive
on the island during the Spring Break of 1972. It was love at first
sight and that feeling of wonder on seeing the island for the first-time
lives in me still. I went on to spend my college summers running the
dive shop on the pier, and in 1977 got my first teaching job at Catalina
Island School in Toyon Bay. For the past 25 years my wife and I have
lived on Catalina Island, firmly cementing it as “home” in our
hearts. We have raised our children here, both graduates of Avalon High
School. As a trained naturalist, I now endeavor to share my love of
the island with others by serving as a volunteer Ranger for the Catalina
Conservancy. Catalina continues to inspire in me a curiosity to delve
deeper into the essence of the magic that has attracted thousands of
artists and musicians over the years. I have tried to capture this
magic in my new series “The Winter Light of Catalina” and hope that you
enjoy these images as much as I have loved creating them.
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