From December 1, 1975, through June 30, 2010, I was employed as an art instructor with the Hackensack Public School System. For one year after that, I taught international students at the P.I. Art Center in Fort Lee, NJ. Loving my job as a teacher and mentor, I spent thirty-six years focusing much of my energy on inspiring young artists ages five to sixty-five. It was an amazing journey.
Since retirement, I decided to continue my journey with a shift, which allows me more time to focus on integrating my studio time, private teaching, and gallery shows. Since then, I have been exhibiting my work at various venues around the world.
Time spent creating is precious, therapeutic time that enables me to formulate my place in the world and fully realize my identity. In 2010, I made a promise to an NYC Gallery owner, and to myself, that I would paint and create art every day. For the most part, I have kept that promise. For me, silly as it may sound, creating art is something comparable to breathing and eating. It brings joy to my soul. It is Zen-Like. Regardless of the subject matter, or not, my work has evolved into a combination of two-dimensional, mixed-media pieces. It ranges from figurative to representational, to organic abstractions.
Currently, I am expanding a series that I first exhibited this past summer. It is entitled, “Squiggles, Globules, and Other Urban Marks.” Here, I am exploring more spontaneous mark-making with an emphasis on (but not limited to) abstraction. Movement, texture, and vibrancy are all paramount in these selections. These paintings thus far, are an intersection of representational and abstraction. I enjoy manipulating visual plains and geometric shapes to intersect, overlap, and create a visual distance and depth. The play of raw canvas, through transparent and translucent planes, and ultimately to juicy opaqueness, is very important to me. A sort of advanced cave drawing and painting is my goal.
I enjoy presenting a painting and allowing the viewer to stand back and take a moment to look through what I have created. Regardless of the subject matter, I love to present works with open-ended narratives. This allows the viewers to establish relationships and create their own dialogue based on the images that I provide for them.