The artists whom I admire most, Willem de Kooning, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Philip Guston, Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler, all have played a significant role in my development as an artist. These artists worked fearlessly. Painting was their redemption against hardship. Painting was as a reminder that, despite all of the ugliness, there was still something beautiful left in this world. Painting has given them a sense of joy.
As important as my influences are, I know I must be true to myself in my work. Once I allow this happen, the work just flows. Philip Guston once said, “When you're in the studio painting, there are a lot of people in there with you - your teachers, friends, painters from history, critics... and one by one if you're really painting, they walk out. And if you're really painting YOU walk out.”
So, now, I am really painting, and everyone is in there with me. It is wonderful feeling and it is something that I never want to let go.
Painting is my happiness.
Philadelphia, PA, United States
The University of Pennsylvania.
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Archivist, The James T. Farrell Collection.
Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA. Bachelor of Fine Arts. 2007
Studio Art Centers International. Florence, Italy. 2005.
Parsons:The New School for Design. New York, NY. Master of Fine Arts. 2011.