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 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 in my teens.
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 for adults with developmental disabilities. As time passed I became affected by students’ methodologies
and in turn began to rethink my own perceptions and struggles as a painter. So, given that one facility had ample space and
mere blocks from my Apt., I surreptitiously began tinkering in my off hours resulting in a four yearlong series of ten paintings
entitled SLABS: Freely carved and thickly painted recycled wood panels of equal dimension. Since completion, the pieces have
been regularly placed in exhibition and as of late last year developed five new smaller pieces made possible by short term
residencies at Topaz Arts in Queens.
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 three produced in 2016, plus two new panels near finality.