Photographer • Storyteller • Adventurer • Sailor


David at the helm of Searcher, the family’s 57-foot Bowman Ketch--100 miles north of Bermuda, winds 35 knots gusting to 40, seas 15 to 20-feet. The family spent the winter  (2009-10) exploring the Eastern Caribbean as far south as Grenada sailing more than 5,000 miles.  You can read about the voyage at Photo by Julie Robinson Lyman.

Mentoring & Coaching

Need someone to look at your work, provide advise on how to realize a dream? Need help with an idea, project or career? Starting a business?  Looking for a professional mentor to guide you through the Creative Process?

I’ve been helping artists, writers, photographers, filmmakers, fellow entrepreneurs, boat owners and crews-professionals as well as amateurs--launch careers, start a business, publish a book, make a movie . . . or make that big voyage into the unknown.

You and I can work face-to-face, one-on-one, on-line . . .


Excerpts from David’s Lecture on The Creative Artist’s Mind.

Off Shore Passage-making to the Caribbean

David is an experienced professional skipper, with more than 30,000 sea miles, over 40 years. He has owned, outfitted and sailed 4 boats, 34 to 57 feet, sailed between Maine and the Caribbean a dozen times, made mo
re than 20 crossings of the Gulf Stream. He has written about off shore passage-making, hurricane survival, and family voyaging.  His lectures and classes cover all aspects of off shore sailing and how to deliver your boat from New England to the Caribbean, for a winter of cruising, His one-day workshop covers costs, where to go,  how to get there, and get back.-safely. Click here for a look at his lecture notes.

The Moon Cusser Folk Music Coffee House

1963 - 2013 -

Looking back at that first year on the Vineyard . . . 50 years ago.  I created one of my first real magical places. The Moon Cusser Coffee House on Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard Island played a key role in the lives and professional careers of many who spent their summer there. Here I reminisce about the beginning of that magical experience and share some of the posters and other literature in my files.

The Bert and I Company of Maine, LLC

I’ve been working for 2 years with Cherie Hoyt, an old friend, to acquire an exclusive license to the Bert
and I brand of Maine Humor and its intellectual property.  That happened this past August. We are now on our way to launching a talent search throughout northern New England, looking for new voices, new stories, new characters-- for The Bert and I Stage and Radio Show, a new series of CDs and DVDs, the Bert and I Movie, and a subsequent television series--all to be produced here in Maine, based on the characters and stories of the original Bert and I humor recordings.

Marshall Dodge, as The “I” in Bert and I, my photo of 1976.


Photographic Etudes - Exercises in Visual Skills

Getting better at seeing, at recognizing situations where interesting photographs may lurk is a skill, an awareness, that can be taught. I’ve been doing that for 50 years--tea
ching people to see. There are hundreds of self-assignments we can give ourselves to develop our visual skills. They are etudes, and every musician practices them, and so should we. Click on the title above to see a few of these photographic etudes.

(Wall and doorway in Bermuda)