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About Me

My Background

"Back to the Blue Motel"
oil on canvas drop cloth, 62.5 x 93"
2018

I am primarily an abstract painter, but there is a representational aspect to some  of my work.  I like to work large scale but also do smaller paintings and drawings. My work is in private and corporate collections nationally and internationally. I am represented by the Fred.Giampietro Gallery in New Haven, CT. I have received  artist residency grants from the I-Park Foundation, The  Vermont Studio Center, and the Wurlitzer Foundation. I write about art for The Woven Tale Press.

My Medium

"Night With the Oracle"
oil on canvas, 60 x 54"  2018

I work mostly in oil paint on canvas - sometimes I use acrylics. With the smaller paintings I also work on wood and paper. I draw with pencil, charcoal, pastels and oil sticks.  I'm also interested in collage. Fuel to the fire is added by music, video, looking at art, books, the sky, the ocean, and the cityscape.

Statement

"Map of the New Mystery"
oil on canvas, 72"x 48"  2018

 Make your own nature, not the advice of others, your guide in life.
 -The Delphic Oracle to Cicero, 

83 B.C. 


My art is a visual and emotional response to the world outside of my studio. I can be by the water or in the city where light, space, and structures interest me most. I like vast expanses and active streets. I want to capture what is compelling about a location or setting while asking what’s this place about? Why am I responding to this place?
 

The paintings, then, are also about questions. How do I paint thoughts? How do I paint sound or emotion? I work on a painting with these ideas and certain visuals in mind.  The process of painting is a continuous search for the truth. When I paint I want to travel to a new place in the work -- I want the work to be alive.