“I tell stories.”
Through vibrant colors and thoughtful composition, I try to tell stories of daily life throughout the world. People respond to my work.
Manhattan has been my home for six decades. My studio is in Goshen – northwest Connecticut. For many years, I have lived abroad and I have traveled extensively. No matter where I am, I am drawn to specific - and yet universal – observations of people and places. I try to capture the spirit of a neighborhood and the people who populate it at that moment. My vivid hues often make intriguing what at first glance might seem to be a rather ordinary scene. When I work in the open air, people gather behind me to watch the colors light up my paintings as I employ the unique multi-media technique I have developed combining inks and oil pastels.
I am fully engaged in the observation process: The bustling crowd at a New England fair, a couple shopping for lanterns in Shanghai, a lone motorcyclist gazing at Pikes Peak, a family quietly enjoying the Tuileries Garden, a Tokyo New Year’s Eve visited by Godzilla, silent crowds paying their respects at Ground Zero, skaters in front of the Paris City Hall, Spider-Man returning home to Queens on the R train, bathers at a Portuguese beach, nightlife on a Hong Kong street, dawn breaking over a sleeping Venice, a solitary couple embracing as snow quietly falls on Columbia University. These are some of the scenes that catch my eye and serve as inspiration for my work.
Typical guest comments at my shows: “Wonderful energy!” “Love the variety of places and colors.” “Color magician.” “Witty.” “Love the surprising details.” “Beautiful!” "Vibrant" and “Joyous” We connect at a very direct and human level.