I paint to grow. I paint to be surprised. I paint in an attempt to seduce or summon the unknown, to wish it into being and freeze that fleeting glimpse in time. This 'unknown', once it is conjured, remains ambiguous but somehow mysteriously very familiar, very close to me.
It's romantic, this trusting search in the dark. It is a dialog, a call and response. It makes me feel less alone. It is a struggle to stay open and pay attention and wait. Pardon the gendered reference, but they say, "God may not come when you want Him, but He's always on time". I love this struggle. I never plan what I will paint. I really never know what will arrive, but my paintings have always turned out to be about our human condition, about living with paradox - caught suspended between the earth and the stars.
I love oil paint. I love the way it can shine. I love the way it is slick and slides against itself. I love the wordless, mysterious meaning of color. I love that color is infinite, like music. I love that it can be always in motion. I love that it can vibrate. I am not interested in the static. I don't want to play with ideas. I want the flow. I want the juice. I want the passion. I want to live in the question.
I am a native New Yorker who lived and worked in New York all my life until very recently when I relocated to Philadelphia.
2017 - Present NYC Crit Club, active member
1999 - 2006 Private Group Classes with Wade Schuman, currently Director of Painting, New York Academy of Art
Cofounder, Philly Group Crit, Philadelphia, PA
Member, Exhibitions Committee, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
Member, InLiquid, Philadelphia, PA
Member, CFEVA, Philadelphia, PA
2021 - Upcoming 2020 Severo Antonelli Fellowship, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
Solo Show, Boston Street Gallery
2018 In Between the Li(n)es, Mondo Contemporary, Summit, NJ Curator: Agnes Deja
2017 Inner Landscapes, Gallery Sensei, New York, NY
2013 Recent Work, Culturefix Gallery, New York, NY
2021 Online Exhibition 2021, FlatFile Gallery, LES, NY
The Empty Gallery Online Show, Shrine Gallery, LES, NY
2020 Border Walls II, The Border Project Space, Brooklyn, NY
Transformation, High 5 Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2019 The Big Show: All Animals Welcome, The Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ
ARTFIRST, Novado Gallery, Jersey City, NJ
Unsolicited Submissions, Ejecta Projects, Carlisle, PA
Rendering Likeness, La Bodega Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Freedom of Abstraction, Site:Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY
Intent - All Things Circus, High 5 Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Undercurrents a Three-Person show, Walter Wickiser Gallery, Chelsea, NYc Juror: Tansy Xiao