Color is my primary source of inspiration. My years of experience teaching color theory complements my intuitive approach to visual communication in painting. In my current work, I explore the analogy between color-guided composition and musical expression. I work on many pieces simultaneously. By applying paint in layers and blending them to create new hues, I compose forms using sequence, repetition, rhythm and silence.
Like musical chords, where tension between different tones is resolved by their participation in the whole, I strive to compose harmonious paintings by carefully selecting color notes. I search for an exquisite chord that transcends the individual notes until I find visual perfect pitch.
1987 University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA MFA, Painting
1985 University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA BFA, Painting
Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Awards & Honors
(partial list) 2012 Newman Gallery Award and the Exhibition Award, “Long Distance”, Juror: Robert Cozzolino, Member Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
2002 Juror’s Award, “Whorl”, Juror: Robert Straight, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ
1990 “Small Paintings” Award Winner, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ
Belle D. Frank Memorial Award, Juried Exhibition, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA