“I have spent my life creating safe spaces for patients to reveal themselves and in turn, painting has given me that safe space to reveal myself”
The body is my medium. I see/ feel/ know the body as something that gives me inspiration. As a physician and artist, it is the language with which I am most comfortable. Studying Fine Arts at NYU during the late 60s was a time fraught with political movements and my training as both a painter and printmaker quickly combined using figurative expression to speak to the politics of the time. Gradually I embraced not only the political but the personal and global questions of loss, turbulence, and suffering as well as triumphs and change. Painting the figure has evolved from a deeper appreciation of the hidden, the emerging, and finally the spoken sensuality of all bodies. I continue to observe and appreciate how helping people achieve health and wellness is an amazing gift and I take that positive energy and throw it into color, movement, and form. Medicine and art for me continue to be intimately connected as the body speaks sometimes directly and sometimes through innuendo but always revealing an inner joy and strength. My art simply is my visceral voice- the organic appreciation of the inner and visual collective self.