When I was twelve, I knew for certain I was a painter, as sure as I knew my name. As a result, I badgered anyone I could into sitting for me since I enjoyed drawing people the most.
At first I was somewhat too honest in my rendering of subjects – one time, a woman got up in a huff, threw the portrait at me and said, “That’s terrible!” It looked just like her, as everyone told me, but that’s what she objected to. So I learned to be as flattering as I could.
In my late teens, I went to Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, expecting to learn some basic drawing and painting but that was a crazy era of abstract painting and incomprehensible “art plays”. I got bored with abstracts, to me they were like glorified wallpaper and today I still find little to admire about them except some interesting design. But for me, there’s no emotional experience, a most vital ingredient in a painting.
Soon after, I discovered the Impressionists and post-Impressionists and I’ve been in love and faithful ever since. My favorite is Edward Hopper.
In college, one of my teachers was very impressed with my work and got me a scholarship to the Brooklyn Museum Art School. But I never took well to art schools, preferring to learn myself – except for one class in drawing I will never forget. It was at the New School in New York; this teacher taught me everything I know about drawing.
After that, I was busy raising four children and painted once in a while, mostly hand-made Christmas cards.
About fifteen years ago, I thought – this itch to paint will never go away. So I started again and for the most part, I taught myself except for a few binges of studying how-to books on painting, very helpful in learning some basics. I’ve been painting ever since.
My first sale was at a group show in 1996, a painting which sold for $1750. Needless to say, I was ecstatic and very encouraged to continue.
After that, I sold originals to dentists and had several shows, including juried shows in Greenwich Village and Hoboken, New Jersey. I’ve sold quite a bit to private collectors and interior designers.
I illustrated many greeting cards for a writer as well as my own and sold many to stores in Brooklyn and Manhattan in New York and at shows.
I’ve relocated to Nashville where I paint more scenes and people. However, my first love is still New York City scenes.