About My Art
I work in three distinct styles of painting. The first is objective: I paint pet portraits mostly by commission. Painting objectively keeps me tuned into the fundamentals of painting that I learned 3 decades ago. It takes time, layers of paint, and patience to get the spirit of the subject.
I describe my landscapes as “Lyrical abstraction” especially in the “driving series”. Pushing and pulling the paint, colors, structure, line, movement, speed and light are important components. These pieces are a direct result of my connection with the land and my fondness for driving adventures down unknown roads.
Then there are my “expressive” animal paintings. These appear to be very light-hearted and sometimes fantastical; they push the boundaries between whimsical abstraction and representational. These iconic forms of chickens, rabbits, ducks and owls are loose and usually finished in one sitting. There might be 3 or 4 attempts before I get a successful piece. I think of them as my kind of meditation so I can’t be interrupted once I start a piece.
These 3 styles are very distinct. They each feed different creative means.
Life in rural SE Pennsylvania in the 60’s and 70’s with 7 siblings, 12 dogs, 4 cats, 5 horses, and some chickens and goats in the mix was a good foundation for a life as an artist. I am a graduate of Syracuse University with a BFA, where I learned the basic skills of painting and drawing and a solid foundation in photography. I later attended The Art Students League of New York to further my understanding of process specifically in painting.
I have exhibited in numerous places including the Good Gallery Kent CT, 3 Pears Gallery Dorset VT, Grace Gallery NYC, Mimosa Gallery Saratoga Springs NY,and McCartee’s Barn Salem NY. My work is also in several private collections and public venues including Saratoga Hospital in Saratoga Springs, NY.
I currently split my time between my work in NYC as Exhibition Outreach Program Director at the Art Students League of New York and my studio/home in Salem, NY.