Summers Day
8 x 8" oil on wood
View from the Train
12 x 12" oil on wood
Rainy Summers Day
12 x 12 " Oil on wood (mixed media)
Frizzle
15 x 11" Watercolor and Ink on 300lb paper
Ware Rabbit
11 x 15" watercolor, ink, graphite
Silver
11 x 14" watercolor and ink on 300lb paper
Good Morning
11 x 15" watercolor on paper
Thelma and the Blue Egg
11 x 15" watercolor, ink and acrylic on 300lb paper
Oscar
8 x 10" watercolor, ink, acrylic on 300lb paper
Portrait of Liberty
22 x 30" oil on canvas
Ruby
8 x 10" oil on canvas
Peppa
8 x10" oil on canvas
Pip
16 x 20" oil on canvas
Albie
8 x 10" oil on canvas

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.

About Me
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.

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