Oil on canvas
16” x 20”
Early on in my childhood, I found that drawing provided a link to a place I could call my own. If I were to give this place a name now, it would be freedom, and although it can be a struggle, it is at the core of why I make art. From this place of freedom I can take the risks that making art requires. The results can be many, many planets away from what I thought I was after—and are sometimes usable, sometimes not—but I am driven to find expression through color, shape and texture.
For the last 20 years my work has been in oil paint on either canvas or wood. My other favorite mediums include collage, oil stick, pastel and pencil, which I will often combine to coax a visual journey. The changing character of the Shawangunk Mountains, which surround my home in New Paltz, also influence some of the textural and color choices in my work. Upon building a painting, my foundation usually involves drawing from both nature and my imagination, followed by much experimentation in the painting.
I try to build images which tease at the familiar in everyday life, yet nod towards the mysterious and the unknown. My intention is to evoke a sense of place, a mood, or an object, such as a house, that connects with viewers and triggers them to explore their own experiences and sensibilities.
It is also important to mention that I have been pulled toward abstract art through my love of jazz music, especially some of the free, avante garde jazz. Improvisation, the main ingredient in free jazz, urges the soloist to create or “be in the moment.” This is where I live when I am painting and hope my audiences will enjoy their moment with my work.