I find it’s never easy to write a bio. Every time I try I’m aware of what is not said and of what cannot be said in a few short lines. None the less, for the sake of offering some biographical information for those who don’t already know me, I’ll share the following:

I think of myself as a sensorialist, a writer, a maker. As an artist my integrated practice brings me over and over again to the water’s edge ⎯ to thinking about the relationships between history, language, and location.

Currently I live in Calgary, Alberta (having moved here in the summer of 2016) although I continue to have a fondness for the sounds of Montreal and Washington, D.C. and for waters and history of Vancouver. I suppose in this summer of turning sixty-five, it makes sense in a way, that I’ve returned to Alberta since I’m continually drawn to the Rockies and the terrain along the Bow River and I still consider myself a prairie farm kid. The Alberta landscape is in my blood and once again I find the skies here filling me with daily awe.

While I have never lived in Boston, Fenway also has a special place in my heart (yes, I’m a huge Red Sox fan).

I’m on faculty at Goddard College (in Plainfield, Vermont) in the low-residency Undergraduate Program. And I’ve previously taught at the University of Calgary (in Calgary, Alberta), at Concordia University (in Montreal, Quebec), and at Emily Carr University of Art + Design (in Vancouver, British Columbia).

 

I can be reached at:

baco(dot)ohama(at)mac(dot)com

 

 

hallway studio website

J. D. Brown took this photograph of me, in one of the early iterations of my hallway studio (in Vancouver 2011).