In late 2020, I learned of my Asperger Syndrome profile. For me, Asperger’s presents itself as an ability for extreme focus, which translates into the skill to do long stints of repetitive line-work, and a fierce dedication to continual refinement of his artistic tendencies.
I had my first solo art exhibition in September 2021 at Gordy Fine Art, the same gallery that now represents my art. That solo exhibition included several Buddhist-themed pieces, all of which integrated research with personal artistic and spiritual practice.
Hence, it is no surprise that I am working on a book tentatively titled, Zen and the Artful Buddhist: Asperger’s, Art, and Academia.
When I'm not working on my art, I enjoy playing disc golf, cycling, reading (especially comics), fishing, and other outdoors activities.
University of Pittsburgh, Ph.D.
Religious Studies, with a concentration on religions of South Asia, especially modernHindu traditions. Lived in Pune, Maharashtra (India) for three years, with grant funding from American Institute of Indian Studies, NSEP, and Fulbright-Hays. Secondary concentration is Buddhism.
Princeton Theological Seminary, M.Div.
Concentration in History of Religions and Theology.
University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A.
Religious Studies major, mainly focused on Asian religions. Honestly, I went to UCSB because I didn't want to go to UCLA due to the commute. Instead, I got to live at the beach, without the crowds! (BTW, I'm a huge UCLA fan, so it's not personal!)