I grew up in NYC on Roosevelt Island and have lived in nearby Queens since the late 1990's. My field of study was in stage design but after years of lighting plays in the trenches of Off Broadway, I cared more for my 35mm stills and picked up from promising work begun in my teens.
The subsequent decade produced an esteemed portfolio which took me on several adventures across America (and abroad) accompanied by actors or jazz musicians pushing my point of view towards candid and street portraiture. On the flip side, my painting skills were kept sharp as I regularly freelanced as a scenic artist Off Broadway in addition to filling up many a sketch book while idle in hotels and airports.
Back home, I taught art and photography for a handful of scholastic institutions. In 2008 I founded a program for adults with developmental disabilities in facilities throughout the boros. One location in particular was conveniently around the corner from my apartment; and, with ample space allotted to my program, I covertly set up shop during off hours.
The years that
followed produced ten large recycled wood panels entitled SLABS with another eight smaller pieces recently added to the inventory
thanks to residencies granted by Topaz Arts and Bliss on Bliss Studios both located in western Queens.
Since first presenting the series as a solo exhibition in 2012 the work has been showing regularly in commercial and collective galleries in Chelsea, Long Island City, Bushwick and the Lower East Side.
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.
My method is improvisational with little forethought to conclusion rather riding a wave of openness during each stage of fabrication. Surface preparation is somewhat ceremonial as I randomly gouge out trenches or divots replacing the removed material with a plaster based amalgam. Once hardened, that too becomes eroded and painted. The remaining flat wooden planes are painted or stained similarly then sequentially sealed, masked and painted over in floating repetitious layers of playful dominant conglomerations of color.
Someone described my work as "epidermal landscapes" for there certainly is liveliness to these seemingly microscopic slices of larger biological or molecular structures. The series entitled SLABS consists of ten uniformed sized paintings plus one larger prequel bridging the evolutionary gap. Numbers seven and eight morphed from pure abstraction into something floral like whereas nine and ten became erratic post parenthood. Current paintings are refined: smaller, manageable with new pieces produced during residencies granted by Topaz Arts and at present Bliss on Bliss Studios, both in western Queens.