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 quickly transformed my career to be that of a fine artist. After years
of lighting plays and painting scenery in the trenches of Off Broadway, I cared more for my 35mm stills and picked up
from promising work begun while in high school and college.
The subsequent decade produced an esteemed
portfolio which took me on several adventures across America, and abroad, accompanied by either girlfriend, actors or jazz
musicians. Exhausted and penniless, I decided to stop photographing altogether and moved up to the front burner painting concepts
sketched out while idle in hotels and airports.
Back home, I held several positions as a 'teaching artist' in
scholastic institutions throughout the city. In 2008 I founded an art program in an adult day care facility where I covertly
procured a space in which to develop the modern series entitled SLABS: ten freely carved and thickly painted wood panels derived
solely from found materials. Since completion, the pieces have been regularly placed in exhibition and as of late last year
three new smaller works debuted, along with two others nearly finished, all made possible by short term residences from Topaz
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.
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 three produced in 2016, plus
two new panels near finality.