I was born in New York, Long Island. I spent my formative years living in a Commune in Northern California. In 79′ we moved to Harlem USA where Mom put me in a Catholic school… That didn’t turn out well. We then moved to Hempstead LI. In the spring of 79 where I grew up. I guess I have always been an artist, I drew before I could write, acted before I could spell… Although spelling is still a challenge.
I self published a book of poetry, Naked Under My Clothes ( I sold over 2,000 copies independently), We recorded the CD (Naked Under My Clothes) in 2014 and we are developing the one man stage performance due to premiere this year, I paint ( water colors and acrylics) and I am a photographer.
Everyone has challenges and dark times… I am no different. I spent 10 years living on the streets, park benches, subway and train stations of NY, DC an LA. Battling an addiction much stronger that I, doing unspeakable things to feed it, but I never begged and I never robbed anyone. That experience has taught me love (for those who save AND those who suffer) strength, how to see beauty in the ugly crevices and empathy, tools that are vital to my approach to photography and to how I live & give of my life.
I started shooting because I inherited a very expensive camera (2012) that I didn’t know how to turn on, I fell in love with this art form instantly. I have not attended any of the prestigious film schools or expensive classes, I’m a kinda ” hit that button and see what happens” kinda guy. Besides I’m an artist and the prospect of student loans suck…lol
December of 2013 I picked up my paint brushes again and went to wir. June of 2014 my paintings were shown in two galleries, Vapegoat Gallery and NWO Gallery. My work is currently at the “Along Came Serenity” Exhibit at the Nate Holden Theater in Los Angeles, Ca through May 20, 2015.
January of 2014 I was named as one of the 40 Black Artist to watch in 2014 by NBC’s the Grio, I was also interviewed by the Huffington Post the same month about my “Crack(s)” series… Not bad for a guy who was homeless right?
My Spoken Word CD Naked Under My Clothes will be released in 2014 and we are developing a one man show with the same title, also released in 2014.
I can’t say that I have won any awards, YET, but I do have the gift of life, shooting, painting, creating, sharing and loving what I do. Art, all forms of art, is a spiritual experience a communion between Higher Power&artist, artist and audience and all back to the Higher Power.
I am happy to share me with you and hope you enjoy. Peace – SG
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