As an artist I would describe myself as somewhat of a Modernist who paints in the manner of the revered Old Masters. My technique includes an academic approach to composition, a precise tonal underpainting and a layering of oil paint mixed with an oil medium called glazing . In this process there is a genuine unfolding of form and atmosphere. The painting becomes three-dimensional and as I work I am always searching for treasures of exquisite color, light and luminosity to present themselves. I am most inspired by artists Wassily Kandinsky, Vermeer, Fairfield Porter, Euan Uglow and Gerhard Richter.
Raised by artist parents, I am a fifth-generation Northern California who has been so fortunate to have lived, studied, hiked and observed art in many countries. I began atudying art at UC Santa Barbara where in the late 60’s I was introduced to conceptual art and was encouraged to be a discerning thinker and observer. I decided then and there to become a representational painter and pursue classical training! After a year abroad at the University of Stockholm, Sweden and a stint with the Peace Corps in Ethiopia, I started a retail career and became a buyer/ product design executive for upscale retailers affording me International travel to many countries including Sweden, the Soviet Union, Asia, India and Europe. Thankfully I have visited my favorite paintings in the most famous museums all around the world!
In the 80’s I moved to New York City and Connecticut. I retired from retailing to raise a daughter and resume painting. Under the direction of Kirill Doron at Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, Connecticut I settled into painting traditional still-lifes, a genre of painting that I feel best suits my narrative impulses of which there are many!? I also attended classes at Lyme Art Academy in CT and the Art Student’s League in NYC, studied under New York artist Phyllis Agne, was a member of the Brush and Palette, a portrait and figure painting group in New Haven, CT and was a member of a six artist co-op, The Elm City Artist Gallery, located on the campus of Yale University.
After forty years, I finally returned home to California last year and settled amongst family here in Napa, and as a
‘fair weather’ painter I have spent my best days plein air painting in Lake Tahoe, or hiking up Mount Saint Helena or over on the Sonoma Coast.