"My paintings are as much built as they are painted.
I am an abstract painter. However, my paintings are not non-objective. I attempt to abstract reality in order to convey the spirit of my subject matter to the viewer in an articulate manner. In order to achieve this I keep three fundamentals in mind - strong composition, color balance and simplicity. My paintings are as much built as they are painted. Like a careful writer, I eliminate unnecessary words when I paint and strip the object down to its fundamental truths. This gives an image power and integrity.
I believe the truth has a way of imbuing a creative act with beauty and power. After painting for a long time I believe that being true to oneself is what counts as an artist. I paint mainly for myself, although I am pleased when someone enjoys my work and buys a painting. However, I try not to think about money or praise. One of the reasons the great art of the Renaissance was so magnificent was that many artists painted primarily out of religious beliefs. They believed in what they were doing and expressed the truth as they saw it. The end-results were creations of timeless beauty, power and truth.
Unfortunately, we live in a somewhat deluded and artless society that in many respects has lost the sight of the truth. There is so much information out there! Who can make sense of it? What's true? What's a lie? Sadly, much of this information is not focused on the truth but rather on how money can be acquired and what it can buy. The result is a shallow society that is defined, depressed and frenetically entertained by the consumption of glacial amounts of half-truths and ugliness. Great art, like love for another person, is honest and true. You may not be able to explain it, but you know what it is when you feel it.
Artist Resume / Curriculum Vitae
Select Solo Exhibitions
1972 New York Institute of Technology
1974 John Slade Ely House, New Haven, Conn.
1974 Fairfield Public Library Gallery, Fairfield, Conn.
1980 Parsons School of Design, New York
1980 New School for Social Research, New York
1998 Yale University, School of Medicine
2000 University of Connecticut
2000 Falk Art, Madison, Conn.
2000 Falk Gallery, Madison, Conn.
2001 Art Cabinet, Nantucket, Mass.
Select Group Exhibitions
1967 University of Tennessee
1968 Northeast Louisiana State College
1968 Louisiana State University
1972 C.W. Post College, NY
1974 John Slade Ely House, New Haven, Conn. (Munson Gallery Award, 1976)
1976 Munson Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
1981 New York University