ARTIST STATEMENT: I come to drawing and painting after a long journey in public service, mainly for the social betterment, empowerment and physical improvement of disenfrachised communities in New York City. My art work therefore is still relatively young. As an astute observer of politics in our society and during my public service career I found myself often amazed by the prevalence of ignorance, man's potential for deception and evil on the one hand, and his capacity for spirituality, beauty, resilience and compassion on the other. Against this background of contradictions and experiences I look at my own life, including its shortcomings and demons while trying to explore what the process of learning and aging is teaching me.
I escape into nature to commune with myself in order to find harmony and then realize that survival is an ongoing fight there too, except it seems less contrived as it is apparently out of consciousness. There I often succeed in getting in touch with the fact that distance , both in time and space, heals and nurtures and reestablishes my sense of being and balance as well as of the miracles of life.
I have lived exclusively in western civilizations but have reached out for inspiration and guidance into the thinking, mythologies and beliefs of other cultures. I am informed by travel, politics, books, music, film, personal relationships and strive to settle in the depth of my own self as a source of strength. In my paintings and drawings, be they portraits, landscapes or allegorical images I try to express what I see and feel about people, society and nature in furtherance of my understanding of life and its cycle as well as my own growth and spirituality.
My Cabin at Lost Lake 2011 Oil on Canvas 1 x 20 in. (45,7 x 61 cm)
Cabin at Lost Lake 1998 Oil on Canvas 20" x 24" Landscape of a cabin in the woods in Putnam County New York
Old Farm in Putnam County 2004 Oil on Canvas 20" x 24" An old farm on Route 22 before it disappeared because of sprawl and development
Early Morning at Lost Lake 1998 Oil on Canvas 20" x 24" A morning scene Lost Lake in Putnam County with mist rising
Images of Sarkau (Lesnoj) at the Baltic Sea 2007 Oil on Canvas 22" x 28" Painted after a trip to the Kalingrad Oblast in Russia
The Hay Harvest 2002 Oil on Canvas 26 1/2" x 45 1/2" This paintings is after Julien Dupre's "La Recolte des Foins"
Machismo, Sex, War 2005 Oil on Canvas 36' x 36' Violence during war with rape (male or female) being used as a weapon for degradation by the victor.
The Weeping Women of Kosovo 1999 Oil on Canvas 30" x40" Reliving childhood experiences during recent wars on the Balkan
Forces Beyond Us 2013 Oil on Canvas 30 x 30 in. (76,2 x 76,2 cm)
Omen for the Millenium 1999 Oil on Canvas 30" x 40" At the turn of the Millenium: Man's future on earth is decided on the decision he makes between wisdom and ignorance. The columns representing the five continets, the owl symbolizing wisdom or da
Odin's Cildren - Day chasing Night 2008 Oil on Canvas 36" x 48" Light is brought from East to West. Day, Odin's son in the Germanic/Nordic Mythololgy brings light to the planet in pursuit of his sister Night.
The Dance in Life 2009 Oil on Canvas 24" x 36" Surrounded by judgement between "good and evil" man has to define his own space for personal growth and freeedom. With or like the (naive) jester he moves on to wisdom represented by the Mag
Pieta 1965 Oil on Canvas 9" x12" A symbol of wisdom, tranquilty and serenity.
Conversation with Rick 2012 Oil on Canvas 24 x 24 in. (61 x 61 cm)