|Painting has been a part of my life since the early 70’s, though many life changes have gotten in the way over the years. This includes a ten year stint of teaching art and 20 years as executive director of Literacy Suffolk. Both careers have enriched my art career.|
In the mid 70’s and 80’s I showed my work on Long Island at the Central Hall Gallery in Port Washington and then in Soho at Pleiades Gallery 1976 -1985. During that time I also showed at C.W. Post, Hardford Connecticut, Australia and at many other venues and group shows. In 1984 I had a solo show at the Heckscher Museum of Art. After returning to a full time art career in 2008, I have been in group shows at the Art League of Long Island, a solo show at Ripe Gallery in Greenlawn, Cold Spring Harbor Library and at the Harborfields Public Library. Work is on display on an ongoing basis at my studio in Huntington.
Though my work has evolved over the many years, it has always been an abstraction based in landscape. My influences are such artists as Mark Rothko, Richard Diebenkorn, Turner and Monet. A great deal of travel has added to my color palette as well as form. Trips to the Southwest US, the Greek Islands, Morocco, Mexico and especially an extended trip to Australia have colored my life. The visuals from these trips, especially the colors, have stayed with me to this day.
I am an intuitive painter using recall of color and the feeling I had at the time. My work is part observation and part imagination. The work is mainly acrylic paint on arches paper, but recently painting on wood has added more texture and brush strokes to the work. A low horizon line is ever present.
I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and a Masters degree in Painting and Education (MA).