b. Washington, DC
“One by one, million by million, in the prescience of dawn,
every leaf in that part of the world was moved.” –James
My work emerges from my immediate locale to offer a deeply personal
response to nature. These rolling hills, this lush green that surrounds
me in the mostly developed southeastern portion of Pennsylvania,
is in imminent danger of vanishing. Art can be a form of activism
that helps to alert a culture to inequalities and bad policy. However,
it is not from any overt political activism that I end up painting
my own backyard, arboretums, green spaces and parks. With true joy
in painting and an intuitive improvisation of documenting an ephemeral
landscape, I find myself working more often now in the light of
day, recording seasons. I want the viewer to remember and be aware
that once we had these views, this landscape of incredible beauty.
Even on a small plot of land, one can make a paradise.
During my adult years, I’ve made homes in Atlanta, San Francisco,
the Midwest and now southeastern Pennsylvania. The Atlanta series
echoes twenty years that I spent in the city, working from nature,
dreams and an emotional response to the lushness and soul of the
south. The Golden Gate Park series concentrates on the intense light
and colors of the West Coast and reflects the beauty of the west
coast's sea, parks and wilderness areas. The Midwest series references
agrarian landscapes and sometimes a more muted palette. I began
using much more white in that climate, having always loved snow
and the cold of the north. My most recent work concentrates on the
region near my home in Pennsylvania and also includes paintings
and sketches begun on vacations to rugged terrain like the mountains
of British Columbia and Vancouver Island.
In the fall of 2007, I spent almost a month of intense independent
study at an artist’s residency in Italy, painting the olive
groves, rivers and fields, exploring ruins of semi-abandoned monasteries
turned into private abodes. I found great inspiration there from
the community’s obvious sense of place and respect for the
"Giving form to the unconscious does not involve unconscious
action on the artist's part... artistic activity, far from being
haphazard... is governed by strict laws..." Reactions from
the audience and viewer are often based, as Andre Malraux once said,
on their own knowledge of the history of art. The framework of the
painting holds the essence of light and color in a landscape and
nature and makes that a meditation or metaphor of existential experience.
Chatov Studio, Atlanta, GA - Studied portrait painting, color
theory with Roman, Constantin and Marc Chatov.
Odyssey Studio, Atlanta, GA Studied and produced intaglio,
monotype and collagraph printmaking.
Bradford College, Bradford, MA. Studied art with Richard Newman, Chair Creative Arts. Studied music with Cecily Gittes, Chair Music