My paintings are inspired by my Architecture roots and the work of several painters I greatly admire. Though diverse, they often reflect a propensity I have for blending Abstraction with Realism in dynamic variations of color.
I prefer to work on several projects concurrently and mostly with acrylics on canvas using hard-edged application techniques. However, at times, I use other media and formats including enamel, wood, collage, assemblage and relief.
..... my studio has evolved into a spacious area with the privacy I need to conceive, plan and work several projects concurrently. And, it provides a creative atmosphere that allows pause for contemplation, assessment, fine tuning and interaction between works.
What I Love About Art
..... I find creating it laborious and wearisome. However, when I paint to convey what I feel about something rather than to portray what it actually is "the sky's the limit" and I’m free to create art in a manner that's adventurous and exciting.
Take Newman, Pollack and Rothko; though skilled painters, they achieved little recognition or success until they chose to use their art to express themselves. And, it certainly paid off; a Rothko Color Field Painting recently sold at auction for 78 million dollars and massive works by all three hang together in the NY Museum of Modern Art - the Mecca of Visual Modernism.
Some years ago at a reception for a Juried State Show at the Art Alliance Gallery in Red Bank, NJ, I overheard an art teacher's comment to her companion about my entry "Celebration" that "her class does better work than that”. That said, my painting received a Jurors' Award and top honors went to an untitled, almost colorless 8” x 10” collage of paper on paper that I could not comprehend. And, to this day I still wonder what the Juror was thinking when she chose it and what that art teacher’s take on it was.
It all started at Brooklyn Tech High School where I was actually able to select a specific program of study. I chose Architecture, Fine Art and Design and I loved it! I continued to pursue it at New York University but, poor judgment, family and financial pressure resulted in a transfer to New York City College where I earned a degree in business.
So, my art took a back seat to my business career. However, I continued to paint and began showing in the mid nineties exhibiting in numerous state, national and international juried shows including such venues as: the George Segal Gallery at Montclair State University, the Guild for Creative Art, the NJ Art Alliance, the Monmouth Museum, the Brooklyn Waterfront Arts Collation and the Rogue Space Gallery in the NYC Chelsea Art District.
My first gallery show - "Perspectives In Color" - was in 2000 in Red Bank NJ. And, more recently I've had two gallery shows in the NYC Chelsea Art District: "Homage to the Box" my "Solo Debut" and, several months later, "Ordinary Things". Both received amazing reviews from Ed McCormack of Gallery & Studio Magazine who was first to review Andy Warhol's work for Rolling Stone.
Now, I paint full time, collect art and pottery, enjoy fishing, fish keeping, rooting for the Yankees, the Giants and my grandkids' sports teams. And, I continue to be inspired by Picasso, Warhol, Matisse, Reinhardt, Kelly, Hopper, Demuth and many other painters.