I quickly developed a love for painting. My first college teachers were full of love and support for me, and I am still indebted to them. They encouraged me to transfer to a BFA program in painting which I was able to do at SUNY New Paltz.
The Faculty at New Paltz was predominantly New York School Abstract Expressionist painters.
My MFA was completed at Brooklyn College which was the right fit. I was fortunate to be accepted into the MFA program at Brooklyn which was very competitive at that time with limited numbers of accepted students. My principal mentors at Brooklyn were Lois Dodd, Lennart Anderson, and Philip Pearlstein. Each one of these teachers was a seminal artist and a wonderful teacher. Lois Dodd became my closest teacher and dear friend. She remains that way for me today.
After moving to New Jersey, Lois Dodd introduced me to Mel Leipzig and within a very short period, we became very close friends.
I never know who or what I will be painting until the subject pulls me to it. In following that interior voice, I have chosen a subject matter which is personal. The figurative work that I choose does not derive from professional models. My portrait paintings are of people I know. If I paint a still life, it is often a surprise as to what I choose and the arrangement I select. The same approach is true when I select the landscape as the subject matter.
I never use photography but rather I choose to work directly from life, and I make that choice because of the vitality and energy transmitted from what I am seeing.
I am invested in color and the color I choose is visible and vibrating in nature. I firmly believe that color is a personal aesthetic. In my opinion, color is always a vehicle for expression. As my painting evolves the color evolves and becomes rich, layered, and satisfying. At that point, something feels right, and I believe the painting is complete.