I grew up in NYC on Roosevelt Island and have lived in nearby Queens since the late '90s. Professional development in the arts began during my teens but am a relative freshman as a fine art painter having debuted my first series of cohesive works in 2012; snowballing a group exhibition history hence forth in Manhattan, Bushwick, and Long Island City.
Up until 2011 my portfolio consisted of either representational lighting for stage plays or 35mm photography of a scattered subject matter. I toured America several times over with actors and Jazz musicians which pushed my point of view towards candid and street portraiture, the abundance of which became overwhelming so I simply stopped. On the flip side, my painting skills were kept sharp as I regularly freelanced as a scenic artisan Off Broadway including filling up many a sketch book while idle in hotels and airports.
The origins of the presented works and newfound deviating painting style came about while running an art program for adults with developmental disabilities in facilities throughout the city including one particular program, located mere blocks from my apartment, which ultimately became the factory for my contemporary works. A decade earlier I had dabbled in the same industrial materials used in my modern paintings but only managed to produce a handful of pieces in a linear mosaic style then put the concept to rest.
Picking up a few years afterward with fresh eyes and experiences working with this individual population; where, over time, I discovered myself to have more creative similarities with my students than differences. Using my previous studies as reference I tapped into my students’ methods of fearlessness and innate abstract expressionist motivation and covertly set up shop in my section during off hours. Yet another long passage of time gave birth to ten large recycled plywood panels entitled SLABS with another five smaller pieces recently added to the inventory thanks to residencies granted by my friendly neighborhood gallery, Topaz Arts.
As a painter I work unwittingly opposite against
a crisp photographic viewpoint resulting in reactionary arrays of color and reliance on rudimentary forms; elemental materials
weathered and decayed outlined with an artificial vibrancy.