My paintings are autobiographical. They reflect and explore issues in my life. I like to transpose my philosophical ideas into the creation of still life, animal, and landscape paintings. I cherish the teachings and prodedues of the old masters, especially the Dutch painters, and encourage my students to explore and continue with these rich traditions. I seek to achiece strong, balanced, and interesting compositions, using movement to lead the viewer through my work. Looking at my art, I would like a collector to find a secret place within them where they discover the knowledge and truth of joy, optimism, humor and playfulness, as well as a sense of classical balance and beauty.
Being a painter, musician and author, sight, sound and words are the tools of my expression. I began painting at age five and at age seven I began studying music. The very discipline of formal training has always appealed to me and I have dedicated my life to the in-depth study of them. I studied music and art at Boston University, Mannes College of Music, the Juilliard School (Doctorate) and art at the Boston Museum School, Kent State, the Academy of Realist Art, and The Seattle Academy of Art as well as privately with respected teachers.
My breaththrough moment in art was when it was revealed to me that music and art were made up of the same ideas. Conceptual juxtapostion has always been my gift. (I try to balance my left and right brain, yet the right side seems to always win!). Rhythm, harmony, counterpoint, balance, contrast, scales, chromatism, keys, high and low, dark and light, loud and soft, colorful and dull, jumbled in my mind's eye - all the polarities in the arts, and indeed in life itself!