I was born in Brooklyn, NY, into a family of artists, and have always been working in one medium or another. After studying Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts, I exhibited and sold my glass art in galleries in NYC, Brooklyn, NY and New Hope, Pa.
I later returned to school to study Art Education and became the Art Specialist at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. A couple of years later I was fortunate to secure a teaching position in a High School with a specialized program for the arts. After six years I became the Assistant Principal of Fine Arts at Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, NY.
Although I loved my students, and found Art Education a worthwhile pursuit, I missed concentrating on my own work. In 2004 I was determined to get back to my painting. I left my supervisory position to focus on my own development as an artist.
Moving to the Hudson Valley, inspired by its natural beauty and artist communities, my art has flourished. Within this time, I developed my own style and show my paintings regularly in a variety of different venues throughout the Hudson Valley, New England, New York City, New Jersey and California.
I have exhibited with TheoGanz Studio, Beacon, NY, Denise Bibro Fine Art, NYC, Fresh Paint Contemporary, Culver City, Ca, Beacon Shortwave Gallery, Stone Harbor, NJ, 13 Forest Gallery, Arlington, Ma. and The Gallery at Rhinebeck, Rhinebeck, NY.
It has been a privilege for me to show my work locally as well as having been recognized on the worldwide stage by being chosen to participate in the 55th Venice Biennale, Art Southampton, The LA Art Fair, and Miami Context.
My Unknown Species Series consists of paintings that contain concentric circular lines and colors that mimic pieces of agate, rings inside of trees, mold, other patterns in nature and most importantly microscopic cells. For many years I have painted landscapes, wanting to represent the beauty of our world. By accident I had dripped some opaque paint on to a landscape panel that was covered with a wet transparent glaze. I was delighted to see how the opaque paint spread into the glaze. The circular shapes reminded me of shapes I had seen through a microscope or scientists’ photographs of molecular images. Since that initial accident, I continued experimenting with various formulas of paint using these circular images.
In nature, fundamental processes produce forms that are similar, but never identical. Think of the seemingly infinite variety of leaves, for example, or the fact that there are billions of human beings on the earth at this time, no two exactly alike. My way of applying paint remains constant from painting to painting, and yet, as in nature, great variety is found in my paintings. This variety can be seen in choice of colors, the relative density of my signature circular forms in different areas of the compositions, and the overall flow of imagery; some paintings seeming tranquil, others highly energized. Some are centered, others a field of imagery edge to edge.
I see the shapes with their concentric circles as a representative for time itself, displaying their growth like the rings in a tree which comes with age. When they overlap each other, they display the passage of time in layers. The cellular shapes in all my paintings, echoing naturally occurring shapes, provide the rhythms of life and existence. Ultimately, I strive for my work to be a highly expressive representation of nature’s beauty in its primary elements.
Within my lifetime scientists have come to realize that our world in in jeopardy. Species are dying out, global warming is a real threat. The issues we are facing on land and on water are always on my mind. As an artist, I have chosen to rejoice in nature to remind myself and others of the beauty of life on earth and the importance to support all sustainable developmental goals.