What I find exciting about art is the possibility of capturing essences of the visual world. I worked for many years directly from nature, including painting the landscapes of New Mexico and New York State. These previous experiences provide the foundation for my current work, abstract collages, monotypes and watercolors, which bear a close connection to nature by virtue of their color, light and spatial configurations.
Generally, I decide on a color key for my palette and begin the process of moving shape, color and line into some kind of arrangement. The result may be more or less pleasing. But then I push for something deeper: qualities such as order, unity and proportion. At this point the work can begin to have a life of its own - no longer just an assortment of pictorial elements - but something that has become a composition, able to convey poetically, and abstractly, an experience of the visual world.
About the Artist
Born and raised in New York City, I received a BFA from Smith College and an MFA in Painting from Parsons School of Design in Manhattan. I also studied at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture and with various independent artists, including David Anderson.
My training centered on working from life, but I also worked abstractly in subsequent years while continuing to live in New York City. When I moved to New Mexico and later upstate New York, I concentrated on painting the landscape.
I currently live in North Carolina, where I am again exploring concepts of abstraction, mainly through collage, monotype and drawing.
I have exhibited and sold my work in North Carolina, New York State, New Mexico and Pennsylvania.