When I first began to paint I was rather focused on an art career, but what is clear to me now is that I am simply on a way of life. Sometimes, not often nor always, I create a work of art that approaches for me a connection with a greater spirit, a link with something beyond me. It is this connectedness that sustains me and it is what I seek in art, a transcendence of time and place.
Painting is a solitary practice and one that takes courage. Each time I walk across the lawn to my studio or bring my camera with me as I hike the fields, I am endeavoring to create an image which resonates with my spirit. Zen holds that the ordinary becomes extraordinary when complete awarenss and attention are given to it. It is not that something different is seen, as Carl Jung once wrote, but that one sees differently. It is this seeing differently that captivates me.
Morris Graves, a painter of the last century, has achieved this transcendent, Zen-like quality to his work. A quietude of spirit. He once said that “his first interest is in being, and along the way I am a painter.” These sentiments echo my own.
I received the MFA in Visual Arts from The Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, and the BS and MA degree from The College of Saint Rose, Albany. Further art studies include: The Arts Students’ League; Woodstock School of Art; Skidmore College; SUNY Albany; St. Michael’s School of Sacred Arts, as well as advanced workshops with iconographers. Past grants have included an opportunity to travel extensively throughout India studying the sacred arts of Buddhism and Hinduism. This enriching experience continues to influence my life and, consequently, my art.
Recently my work has been exhibited as part of The Open Studios of Washington County; the ASA Landscapes for Landsake exhibit, Maple Ridge Gallery, Coila, NY; Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, Vt; as well as in Albany, Troy, Cambridge, and in Pennsylvania. Over these past few years I have focused on photography as well as iconography painting. The stunning landscapes of Washington County are the source of my photographs as they are with my paintings.