ARTIST STATEMENT: I never became an artist â€“ I was born into it. I began painting when I was a child, and I never stopped. My subjects are based on travels I have done, nature, nudes, and portraits.
Scenic and mythological qualities of places such as shorelines, dense forests, and canyons, fields of wild flowers, castles, cathedrals, and ruins have always been a source of inspiration and ideas for me. I enjoy the moment of a place, absorbing the past â€“ or present â€“ where there is great beauty and color, where nature and architecture may exist in harmony and the imagination can run free.
Nature has always been a source of peace, and spiritual sanctuary for me. It has fed my soul and creative energy for as long as I can remember.
The nude figure is also a classical subject and one I am exploring in more abstract/surreal ways. The idea of a figure in space or flying/ falling, or being absorbed into color is what fascinates me.
I love to paint portraits, but often feel as if they are â€œFacesâ€ rather than â€œPortraitsâ€ as the sitters only posed for the photographs from which I work. For me the painting must convey my feelings about them.
If people receive pleasure from viewing my work then I am glad. If it sends them someplace special in their memories or imagination then I feel success.
I work mostly from my own photographs, and I paint in oil on canvas or gouache, watercolor pencils and pencil on paper.
Queens of ... Oil on canvas Queens of The Termite Mound
Machu Picchu Oil on canvas
View Prospect 2014 Oil on canvas 16"x26" View of Prospect Park
MoonRise Oil on canvas
View - Driftwood 2014 Oil on canvas 14"x20" View from The Driftwood is in Napaque, near Montauk, view from where I stay.
BBG Fall 2014 Oil on canvas 18"x12"
Venus Rising 2014 Oil on Canvas 22"x15" One of the first of my series, Celestial Beauty #4 - Venus Rising. In this series I am working on the color schemes of early Renaissance Art, and utilizing my line.
Sunrise 2014 Oil on canvas 28"x20" Celestial Beauty #5 is inspired by Renaissance Angels and the Zodiac signs.
Celestial#11 2014 Oil on canvas 22"x16" Celestial Beauty #11 is made up of plans of color for the figure and mountains.
Reflection 2014 Oil on canvas 22"x14" Celestial Beauty #10 - reflection is inspired by Rubens' work Daniel in the Lion's Den.
Arequipa 2012 Oil on canvas 22"x14" Santa Catalina Nunnery in Arequipa, Peru.
Cusco, Peru. Oil on canvas
Santa Catalina Oil on canvas
Sirince,Turkey Oil on canvas
Prospect Park Oil on canvas
Lloyd in Hat Oil on canvas
BBG Blossoms 2014 Oil on canvas 15"x21" BBG Blossoms & Bench is a view in the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens