Artist Statement and Background
My drawings are about places and views of everyday landscape scenes that attract me by their beauty & energy.
As a daily ritual, I take walks with my dog Luna, taking in my surroundings, sometimes a camera in hand. I walk every day no matter what the weather, my personal spriitual undertaking. I observe the landscape and all its qualities and unwieldiness; the vastness of fields, the horizons, the trees and their mangled branches, the color, the tones, the shadows & light.
Back in the studio I refer to photos, but mostly my memory and experience to intuitively capture the emotional effect the landscape has on me. The results can be emotional recreations of a given external locale or more abstract poetic expressions of images; fields of color, tangled line, hidden light, hazy atmospheres. My goal is to charge the image with as much feeling as possible.
The expressive interpretation of nature as felt, not just seen, is what drives my artistic vision.
State University of New York at Buffalo
BA in Fine Arts
International School of Art in Todi, Italy
Advanced Art and Art History Classes, 1989
East Aurora Outdoor Arts Festival 2015
First Place Pastel
East Aurora, NY
East Aurora Outdoor Arts Festival 2013
Second Place Pastel
East Aurora, NY
Colden Arts Festival 2012
First Place Drawing
National Pastel Exhibition 1999
Impact Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Rental Sales Gallery Collection 1999
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
County Initiative Program Fellowship 1992
Awarded by the Arts Council of Buffalo & Erie County
Selection in Pastel & Small Works Show, 1992
Juror: Wolf Kahn, Windham Art Gallery, Brattleboro, VT