Originally from the New York Metropolitan area, I now live in the Southwest. I studied art at Vassar, Columbia, Hofstra University, The Art Students' League in New York and the Du Cret School of Art in New Jersey. I have been an instructor at several colleges and the University of Virginia's Far Eastern Division in Okinawa and conducted many workshops in my areas of expertise. My work is in both national and international collections.
Although I have worked in various mediums (ceramics, oil, and metal, creating a line of avant-garde jewelry), the chosen medium for my most recent work is Chinese ink, rice paper and acrylic on canvas. I achieve my visual effects by applying multiple layers of glazes to a visually and often tactiley textured background. working from background to foreground.
In my work I attempt to present vignettes of nature in an up close and personal way. My objective is to examine nature under my personal microscope, presenting an intimate picture. I attempt to create a world the viewer will want to enter and, in entering, discover something new. I see the world as a place of awe and beauty and try to incorporate this feeling into my work. If I were to put a label onto my work I would call it super realism.
I have recently become interested in the art of Sumi-e, Chinese brush painting. As former president of the New Jersey Chapter of the Sumi-e Society of America and now the editor of the quarterly journal for the Sumi-e Society of America I am trying to foster an appreciation for this ancient form of art and incorporate its spontaneity and fluidity into my own work. I attempt to capture a spirit of chi and create a feeling of zen, a place of quiet where one can enter and contemplate. The work is not specific, but more a timeless place of mood half remembered that one wants to revisit again and again.
At the moment, along with themes from nature, I am excitedly exploring the use of spiritual and religious symbolism in my work.