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.