My art is in the Present moment.
It comes from my heart.
It is my truth.
It is what I love.
It makes me happy.
I have been creating art all of my life. I received my formal training from Pratt Institute where I earned my BFA degree. While at Pratt, I was fortunate to study under Alex Katz, Richard Linder, and Mercedes Matter. Throughout my career, I have put my art on everything.
After college I opened a shop in Greenwich Village called Designpoint where I sold abstract needlepoint canvases. Presently, my art is featured on upscale souvenirs sold nationally to airports and gift shops through my company Fifth Avenue Manufacturers. When I am developing graphics for my souvenir company I am looking out into the world at landmarks and specific icons for inspiration, and the work is representational. When I am painting for myself the imagery comes from within.
Here is a short video of me discussing how I make a painting at the New York Art Expo.
Every new canvas begins as an adventure. I work intuitively with no conscious intention, drawing from a well of fantasy, memory and emotion. The work is about rhythm, energy, light, space, and color. Sometimes with a landscape structure. Other times a play between shapes, focusing on figure and ground relationships. The texture, fluidity, and immediacy of paint feels like a dance. There is a point when a composition evolves and the work takes on a life of its own, balancing between spontaneity and structure. I usually work on three or four canvases at a time, but it feels like one continuous work allowing me a deeper understanding of my own self expression. Brilliant color found in nature and music are my inspirations. My soul was touched when I first learned about Les Fauves, Matisse, Derain, Vlaminck, Kandinsky and when I saw paintings by Arshile Gorkey, and Hans Hoffman.
My hope is that the viewer will join me in the adventure, set thought aside, and be open to allowing their senses to take in and enjoy my work on a purely emotional and visceral level.