“i am an amateur thespian, photographer, sculptor, and painter. you are an artist too, even if you don’t think you are.” — philip albert lederer

“nothing can happen without activism.” — eleanor holmes norton, delegate to the u.s. house of representatives

i am interested in making art to inspire people and bring them together to discuss important ideas. my goal is to bring emotion and energy into my photography, paintings, and sculpture, and explore that space between humans, animals (particularly dogs), plants, and the built environment, including hospitals. and my art doesn’t exist in isolation, it is integrated into my music (see and my fiction see

i am thinking about marcel proust, and exploring concepts like memory, dementia, and the loss of time. i am also thinking about childhood play, movement, sex, and death, as i paint, create, and take photos. since i don’t have formal training in art, i really would value your feedback.

some of my photography





some of my paintings

to be uploaded…

some of my sculpture

6 million — a sculpture, by philip albert lederer md

6 million people die each year from tobacco products globally
as we say in public health,
“Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death. Worldwide, tobacco use causes nearly 6 million deaths per year, and current trends show that tobacco use will cause more than 8 million deaths annually by 2030.”
i lived in lexington kentucky from 8th-12th grades and still consider it my home because that’s where i grew up
kentucky is where i became a man
i did research in tobacco genetics at the university of kentucky for almost two years
that’s where i learned what pcr was. western blot. etcetera.
in kentucky, basketball and tobacco are king. there is little else. tobacco means survival.
will kentucky be able to reinvent itself or will it decay and go extinct
when i drive or fly home to kentucky the smell of burley tobacco always hits me and i am home
the cicadas
the old time kentucky fiddle tunes, john salyer, clyde davenport.
kentucky wildcats basketball. and rupp arena
kentucky that’s where i am from
my old kentucky home
starting off. stapling cigarette cartons to a box i picked up in the hospital
putting the cigarettes into the cartons
the finished product
the finished product