Artist StatementI'm inspired by the living form and by the personalities of my subjects. I try to imbue my paintings with a sense of movement or a particular mood through bold colors or rich tones. A simple pose can be defined by something as small the way a hand rests on a leg or the way a color reflects back onto a thigh from a fabric. Bringing those personal observations to a painting makes all the difference for me.
Growing up in New York City, I always drew. After graduating from JHU with a degree in psychology I worked in film and media, founding a film festival, directing numerous short films and promotional videos, and working with various developing multimedia formats. But I kept drawing throughout, often doing quick portraits of unsuspecting passengers on the New York subway. Eventually I enrolled in a painting class at Art Students League and realized that I needed to work in oils. Since then I've exhibited both solo and in juried shows, including Baltimore's Maryland Art Place and during Art Basel Miami Beach. My paintings of animals have been discussed in New York magazine, The New York Daily News, Art Basel Miami Beach magazine, Baltimore City Paper, and in the July 2008 issue of The Urbanite magazine.