Light is the major protagonist in my paintings. I am attuned to that moment of recognition, when all elements in my view crystalize, finding perfect balance.

The absence of figure eliminates any narrative. The work is pure observation, with no
implied content or story. I’m not drawn to the romantic landscape, but to the challenge of seeing the ordinary in the flicker of transient illumination.

There is abstraction in everything. It’s in the framing of the composition, in the contrast of the smooth architectural shapes with the variety of foliage textures, and most importantly in the color relationships.

Recently I’ve come to regard my practice as akin to Morandi’s, revisiting the same objects over and over. The repetition, or limitation, allows one to observe different aspects each time in the variations. I feel ownership of my subject in a similar way.

The paintings shown here are larger canvases. On my web site, you can find series in smaller scale, designed to be shown individually or in group installations.

I have a BFA from RISD and an MFA from Brooklyn College. My paintings have been shown in various galleries and profiled in the NY Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. I have been a faculty member at Parsons School of Design since 1983.

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