"Speech by day, Art by night"

I’ve been painting for just seven years, but looking back it’s clear that art has always been in my blood.  Why else would I have been so traumatized when my kindergarten teacher forbade me from ever drawing again (or at least so I perceived it at the time), fearing that my obsession with art might stunt my development in other areas?  When I eventually snuck a piece of drawing paper from the art closet, I felt whole again. 

My career path, however, took a different direction, leading to various endeavors in the areas of speech synthesis and speech perception (see About the Artist). In the course of pursuing my two passions, art and speech, I have become fascinated by the similarities in how humans perceive objects and sounds. In both cases, the observer (viewer or listener) uses similar types of cues (intensities, textures, shapes, contrasts, sizes, etc.) to integrate the visual or auditory signals that enter his/her eyes or ears into meaningful “scenes”, where a scene might be a landscape or a sentence. Whether I am creating a picture with paint or speech with a computer, I must produce the appropriate cues through which the perceiver will be able to determine my intended message—the objects, the focus, the mood of the scene.  Speech and art for me are synergistic endeavors. What I learn in one area  I often apply to the other.

Thus while I’ve only been painting with a brush for just seven years, I feel like I’ve been painting most of my adult life.