"Undress" Oil on Panel 6"x7"
"Cherry Picker" Oil on Panel 6"x7" "Sweet Tooth" Oil on Panel 6"x7" "Savings Account" Oil on Panel 6"x7" "Three Antlers" Oil on Panel 6"x7"
Being a painter, musician and author, sight, sound and words are the tools of my expression. I began painting at age five and at age seven I began studying music. The very discipline of formal training has always appealed to me and I have dedicated my life to the in-depth study of them. I studied music and art at Boston University, Mannes College of Music, the Juilliard School (Doctorate), and art at the Boston Museum School, Kent State, the Academy of Realist Art, the Seattle Academy of Art as well as privately with respected teachers. After all that I still feel I am self-taught.
My breakthrough moment in art was when it was revealed to me that music and art were made up of the same ideas. Conceptual juxtaposition has always been my gift. (I try to balance my left and right brain, yet the right side seems to always win!). Rhythm, harmony, counterpoint, balance, contrast, scales, chromatism, keys, high and low, dark and bright, loud and soft, colorful and dull, jumbled in my minds eye - all the polarities in the arts and indeed in life itself! I have the ability to think of a scene or object and project it on my minds screen and then draw and paint from it.
Major influences have come from the Netherlands artists between 1550 and 1720. Their clarity of image and beauty have inspired me my whole life, in particular, Kalf, De Heem, Heda and Claesz. My early works were Dali inspired and taught me that creativity is that place inside that ideas mingle, collide, and create new ones. The past meets the future on the inner screen between the eyes where reality and fantasy collide. Daniel Sprick, Scott Fraser, Scott Prior, Denise Michilowski, Andrew Kusmin and Tom Ouellette have made contemporary realism a jumping off point for my work.
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"Bad Choice" Oil on Board 8"x14"
"Cherry Season" Oil on Board 9"x14"
"Snacking Oil on Board 7"x9"
"Camoflauge" Oil on Board 7"x9"
"Bonanza" Oil on Board 7"x9"
"At the Beach" Oil on Canvas 6"x7"
"Olive Party" Oil on Canvas 6"x7"
"Dream Meal" Oil on Canvas 6"x7"