I have lived in Watertown for twelve years.
In 1999 we bought our house at 124 Maplewood Street (the purple house on the corner of Langdon Avenue). My daughter attends Hosmer Elementary School and is active in the Watertown Children's Theater. My wife Chantal Zakari teaches at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Professionally I make my living as an educator and as an artist. I have a B.A.(1968) from California State University at Northridge. I have a Masters of Fine Arts in Photography (1973) from the San Francisco Art Institute. I teach at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Studio Program at Tufts University. My artwork is in numerous museum collections throughout the world.
In my public art I create large scale mosaic murals out of porcelain and glass tile. These projects are installed in airports, public buildings, and schools all across the United States from California and Washington to New York and Florida to create art in public spaces that enhances the quality of life in these communities. Perhaps you saw my Obama mosaic during the 2008 Presidential campaign that I installed on our front porch.
My interest as an artist in public is to engage ideas of history, culture and neighborhoods, and translate these intertwined stories into a voice accessible to a community. I believe my experience as an artist working in the public sphere gives me a valued perspective on the position of Town Councilor. Visit my artist website.