Growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a fortunate opportunity to be selected from city wide student high school population to participate in art classes funded by the Carnegie Mellon Art Museum triggered my interest in art and painting. After moving to New York I studied at the Arts Students League. At present I divide my time between a studio in New York City and a studio in the gentle rolling hills of the Hudson Valley both providing diverse physical surroundings to explore my joyful feelings about color and space. In recent years I have devoted myself full time to oil painting.
My paintings usually originate from a landscape, still life or city scene that I mentally capture. I then exaggerate the mental image into a bold composition with strong colors to express my mood about the view. I attempt to push the image to abstraction with a positive and happy feeling. My emphasis is always strong composition and strong colors. While I am inspired by the outside world the motivation is from the inside.