Communicating through my art is the most pleasurable and powerful way of reaching out to people that I know. Meaning reveals itself over time. I begin with content. I pursue the ideal thing in art, whether material or spiritual and I want a permanence that I know doesn’t exist.
My work often has an emotional undertone to it. Edward Hopper, Fairfield Porter & Charles Burchfield all have a quality that resonates with me.The fleeting aspect of life. Trying to hang on to beauty. I don’t consciously limit myself. When I paint, I’m in a conversation with all the art I’ve seen and that’s part of the pleasure of the process for me.
Style is a tool & a message. I feel very comfortable with my own hand. The physical handling of paint gives the paint surface life & has meaning. I love a tactile surface and the presence of mass and sensuality it conveys. I’ve also made many paintings with traditional layering & glazing or used flat alla prima to create a calmness, a stillness. I use all the options.
Nothing beats the feeling of excitement in front of a canvas. I want to impart a spirit to my work – an energy that separates art from artifact. That uplifting energy is what I want the viewer to experience in front of my work. It’s a challenge throughout life. Although change is often the enemy of the ideal, one can’t be afraid of it. Gerhard Richter is a perfect role model for artists – creating living art by giving himself complete access to his feelings, memories & skills.
At Bennington, Richard Haas taught me design & Isaac Witkin sculpture.
I earned a BA in Fine Art at Stony Brook University studying with Malcolm Morley and Dennis Oppenheim.
Afterwards in Soho, I got to know Janet Fish, Charles Parness, Chuck Close and Martha Diamond in the 80’s. There’s no substitute for learning how world-class artists think and work, especially through adversity. These friends inspire me to this day.
All these artists taught me how to unite the power of composition and narrative with the physicality of paint and the emotional meaning of gesture and color. And to keep on working!
In many private and public collections in the U.S. including IBM, Reader’s Digest, King World, Stony Brook University
November 2019 Solo Show
The Estonian House, New York City