ABOUT THE WORK
My work is built on American Abstract Expdressionism of the mid-20th century. I have borrowed painting techniques and fabric designs from 18th century Europe, been influenced by the geometric patterns of traditional African cloth, and affected by the simplicity of Asian art. Today my work is mostly about color and light.
I use a wide variety of intense, vibrant, and metallic colors applied with sponges, rags, towels, squeegees, and brushes to create mixed media sculptural paintings that extend the boundaries of the canvas. Using classic materials while employing contemporary abstract techniques closes the divide between traditional and modern, giving my work a dramatic and timeless appearance.
I had the privilege of taking a number of classes at The Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery in Glen Echo, Maryland with the late Helen Corning. An accomplished artist and teacher, she helped me find my inner voice, to come to the canvas without previous conception, and to paint with abandonment on a large canvas with a limited palette.
As a student at the Art Students League, I discovered the exceptional work of Bruce Dorfman. He introduced me to assemblage art. In addition to producing his own work, Bruce has a talent for helping each student find his or her own vision. I am indebted to him for exposing me to a wide range of possibilities and, helping me find my own particular vision.
Gustav Klimt, a dramatic Austrian painter of the early 20th century, experimented with abstract painting, symbolism, and gold. Unlike other artists, he was proud to be called a decorative painter.
Robert Rauschenberg, an abstract expressionist of the late 20th century, used found objects to create his assemblages. His lesser known gold leaf paintings, grounded on newsprint, have been an inspiration. Rauschenberg happily blended kitsch and fine art.
Klimt and Rauschenberg inspired me with their work and helped me to be brave in mine.