I was born in 1958, in N.Y.C.. I have always drawn in earnest. I began going to a private art school in 1968, where I learned to paint in oils. I went on to The High School of Art & Design for 4 years, followed by a year at The Academy of Art College in San Francisco, CA., then on to Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y., for a year. I have been painting on my own ever since. Over the span of my life my most painted subject has been, and remains, flowers. In 1987 I moved to Maine and built a garden and began to grow the flowers I paint, as a way of getting to know them better. From 1986 through 2000 my medium was woven tapestries, the subject still flowers. I returned to paint in 2001.
Most of my flower paintings begin with a seed, bulb, or twig, planting it, watching it grow, sometimes waiting years for a flower, and then more until the one to paint reveals itself. Then come the sketches, simple, then detailed, lots of photos, size estimates, stretching and priming canvas, until finally I draw it, and then the paint begins to flow. The glazes begin, sometimes a year or two passes between the first glaze and the last, with many in between, and times for drying. I work on many pieces at once, glazing one while the others dry, switching canvases on my easel, setting aside wet ones to focus on another. Shifting the pieces out of the loop as they become finished. beginning new ones always.
As a counterbalance to the deep work of studio glazing, the deep time involved, I occasionally take my easel outside to do some alla prima work en plein air. The latter is the complete opposite of studio work, a simple play of making something small of the big world, whereas my studio work is making something big of something small. Visit my website