Welcome to my website. For me, painting is a process. It is in essence a conversation, if you will, in which I engage with Nature, my subject: I behold Nature and then provide a response in the language of paint. The response itself is multi-fold: it is a confirmation of what I know about the visual world and may not see in an obvious way; and then conversely, the response itself is a probing, questioning and evaluation of what it is I think I am seeing. To this end, it is a process of deciding what is significant, as I evaluate and make more decisions as how to best portray this significance.
Lately, I have been exploring form with respect to Cezanne’s ideas about the sphere, cylinder and cone as the fundamental forms of Nature; and along with this, I have been using a new massing technique to try to capture that which is transitory within my subject. Also of late, I have been using the palette knife so as to “break surface” and move my painting into a more painterly and sculptural level.
Philosophically, I view Nature as a peer and engage with nature in a playful and egalitarian way. I seek to abstract from Nature that which is significant. I seek to almost channel that which is “beyond nature” so that I am in touch with the abstract organizing processes that create “super natural” balance, wholeness, integration, harmony and beauty.
Prizes and/or awards:
Lerner Piano Prize, Amherst College, 1988
Diana Kan Award, Salmagundi Club, 2010
Antonio Cirino Memorial Award, Salmagundi Club, 2010
The Salmagundi Club
The Art Students League of New York, Life Member
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