Artist Statement & Biography
I've always been influenced by the power of images to express ideas and emotions. Painting is a process of discovery and decision making where disparate elements pull together until the image is clearly expressed. Primarily I work in oils and feel it's important to work from life at least initially. I'm drawn to the human form where figures exist both in representational and painterly worlds and will I'll often explore a narrative theme in order to capture the emotional power of a moment in time. I feel that common, every day things can be beautiful and resonant without being manipulative or artificially provocative. Landscape painting for me is a journey in search of something that evokes a personal response to nature beyond the obvious and descriptive. Ultimately my concerns are with the expressive qualities of light captured with paint. I'm inspired by the fabric of which our environment is woven. Daily surroundings that show a visual patina of time speak to me, it is the alchemy between what is earthbound and what is not, what is transient and what is solid. Between the two is the rich matrix of the shadow and light patterns of life. Contemporary Impressionism best describes my style.
Soon after graduation from the School of Art & Design | Suffolk University in Boston, I decided to skip the harsh New England winters, choosing instead to begin my career in Bermuda at Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising. I took a brief sabbatical from my job to study art in Florence, Italy. After nearly five years on in Bermuda, I developed a case of island fever, and set my sights on California. For the next ten years I lived in Laguna Beach, working as an illustrator and editorial designer. Marriage and the birth of my daughter Olivia brought me back to my roots in Boston where I continued studies at the School of the MFA and began painting full-time. I return often to Bermuda and California to paint and teach workshops."
Fine Artist, painting workshop instructor
05/2016 - Fresh Paint - Copley Society - Boston, MA
02/2016 - Plein Air Festival - Old School Center for The Arts - Delray Beach, FL
11/2015 - Great American Figurative show - Waterhouse Gallery - Santa Barbara, CA
08/2015 - Solo Show - Gallery Antonia - Chatham, MA