I came to this country in the 1970s and studied at the Art Student League for several years. I was introduced to the techniques of the old masters by Frank Mason and studied drawing with Robert Beverly Hale. Later, with Richard Poussette-Dart, I was exposed to Abstract Expressionism, where I began my struggle to reach an inner vision.
In the early 90′s I studied photography at the International Center for Photography in New York City, where I bridged my learning of Abstract Expresionism, old masters technique, and photograpy, and began to experiment with oils, acrylics, and photo-transfer.
When I moved to Washington County, New York, I felt an overwhelming desire to go back to a more descriptive form of expression by studying nature and finding a way to translate my understanding of its beauty into my work. I took my French easel back into the fields and let nature guide my brushes.
The paintings in this website feature paintings done in my studio in Washington County. They can take between 3 days and two years to execute whether they are painted on paper or on linen. Often I paint on paper to test the subject I have in mind. Therefor the work on paper is a lot looser and sketchy. If I like the results I will rework it on stretched linen.
These works are inspired by field studies done in Washington County, NY, USA and Poitou -Charente, France.