Artist StatementBorn in Brooklyn, I doodled and dabbled in painting from an early age. My father encouraged me to push and go for anything that I was passionate about, but do it with conviction. His eternal mantra was “Discipline equals freedom”. I found my self doing a lot of everything; but focusing on nothing in particular. During my teenage years, I spent an enormous amount of time going through the many galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I wanted to be able to capture realism, detail and light as the many masters. I studied the paintings and the images brushstroke by brushstroke and tonal elements. These settled into my memory. Later these images would form the lesson plans that I created when I taught myself how to paint in oils. While still in High School tragedy and loss in my life guided me down an introspective path alone. I soon found a need to understand, cope and get back a certain amount of lost childhood and fantasy. I surrounded my self with animals, lost toys and began to focus on the images inside that seemed to beckon for a voice., I gave these images animal personae, wit and cunning. There is tension, humor, sadness, and intelligence in this imaginary world, as it pokes fun at past, present and reality in general. I have had group and individual shows in Baltimore, Maryland and Santa Fe, New Mexico and I've sold internationally. I have been represented in Santa Fe, New Mexico at Jennie Cooley Gallery (2008 - 2010) until it closed in 2010. Currently, I do animal portraits, commissions and humorous works.
Group Exhibitions:2006 Artscape 'Creative Alliance' Self Taught Artists, 2006 Project 1, Center Stage Baltimore, "14th Annual International Juried Competition", New Jersey Center for Visual Arts(1998); "6 Hard Werken Artists", Metropol Gallery, Baltimore, MD(1994); Daily Grind, Baltimore, MD; Sowebo Arts Festival, Baltimore, MD(1992); Cartuche Gallery, Baltimore, MD(1989). Solo Exhibitions: "All Wrapped Up", Axis Mundi Gallery, Santa Fe, NM(1996); "Woman/Icon", Daily Grind, Baltimore, MD(1994); Menken's Cultured Pearl(1992). Awards: Sowebo Arts Festival(1992).