ARTIST STATEMENT: For me it’s all about the story; it’s why I paint, and it's how paint. And my stories are mostly about ordinary people in everyday, and sometimes the not so everyday, contemporary scenes and situations.
I see it as Folk Art, but a very modern, of our time, 21st Century, NY Urban American kind, with its emphasis on the folk.
Smoking Outside 2010 oil on canvas Seeing patrons of a bar standing outside, in front, on a chilly night smoking, and not being bothered or annoyed to have to do it, made an impression.
Searching 2013 oil on canvas 20" x 24" This is about a woman in her very nice bedroom searching for something lost or misplaced. And like a lot of us do, doing it with the TV on.
Looking at Art 2011 oil on canvas 20" x 24" This is about the experience of looking at, and being looked at. Won SPECIAL CONSIDERATION AWARD in 3rd National Juried Show. Juror: Charlotta Kotik, Brooklyn Museum of Art
Kitchen Scene 2011 oil on canvas This is a visit to Grandma, maybe on Mother's Day. Looking at it, writing this now, I'm just amazed at all the details I threw in.
At Home 2012 oil on canvas For me, "at home" is about the feeling, the comfort of being at home, more than it is about place.
Party Goers 2012 oil on canvas 20" x 24" Of course this is about people going to a party... somewhere in a city, or a suburb of. And for what it's worth, while I was doing it I was thinking Birthday Party.
Waiting Room 2010 oil on canvas 20" x 24" I see this as a Doctor's office, but it could be a lawyer's office, or some other kind of office. But I was thinking Doctor's office.
House on the Hill 2013 0il 0n canvas 20" x 24" HOUSE ON THE HILL is a Musical, imagined, about unrequited love. And the way I imagined it the beloved lives in the house on the hill.
fisherman2 2010 oil on canvas 20" x 16" Fisherman2 is a remake of my 1995, gouache on paper, Fisherman. Images are different, in that this version is more sophisticated in painting style than the 1995 version.
Gallery Room 2014 oil on canvas 16" x 20" The GALLERY ROOM is about a very special room in a special Italian restaurant. And it's also about a couple enjoying the moment.
Dining In 2015 oil on canvas 20" x 24" Dining In is about a little Pizza party with friends. And btw, if the words in my hostess' voice balloon, are too small to read at this size... she's saying: Who's up for Haagen-Dazs Ro
Mare's New Friend 2005 Oil on canvas The beginning of a new relationship.
Crime Story 2008 oil on canvas 20" x 24" An old Halloween mask I have inspired it.
Americock 2005 Oil on canvas 14" x 11" Composite portrait of American partisan politics, and its always lurking fanatical fringe, as well as the cockshure attitude, I believe, we as a nation often display on the world stage.
Wall at Broad & Nassau 2004 Oil on canvas Stock Exchange, at this famous intersection, post 9/11.