I am a painter and have worked most of my career with water mediums on paper. I’ve always chosen paper because it has a quality and presence that is more unique than any other painting surface. It does not serve me as an alternative to canvas. Paper, in and of itself, is essential in the evolution of the final image; in fact, the way the paint blends and integrates with its cotton fibers reflects the gist of my vision. Layering transparent washes of color on paper can capture the sublime in nature; in that merging of materials there’s a chemistry that defines humanness. Here is where I believe I’ve made the most significant contribution to the painting arts.
The subconscious holds the most fascination for me. I’m obsessed with the internal landscape as a universal theme that shows the vast spectrum of the mind. There we can sense the vagaries of a watery world shaded with instinct and emotion— those myriad scenes from the psyche rooted in symbols, like waves of faces or figures intertwining in the river of self and otherness.
My paintings become veritable maps where persons might use them as points of reference, inspiration for that journey through hidden layers with the goal of a clearer understanding of themselves.
Both water and paper live and breathe in symbiosis. I move them together, caress and provoke them, a virtual foreplay... an improvisation that finally merges organically to spew images. But I need to give of myself first, pay homage to the water’s currents, that struggle between control and the freedom to allow her movement of its own accord. There lies the mystery of mark making— conceding to her flow, where in so doing she reveals the terrain of my own subconscious.
By ‘organically’ I mean how water on paper creates multifaceted gestalts.
We live in a fluid world; the physics of hydrodynamics is all pervading. There’s an organics of the natural world as well as the world of the psyche. Like every organ in our bodies, the brain, too, is shaped by water, and our most intimate life is the result of its action. We can say that our psychology is synonymous with the soul of water.
My personal language of abstraction with watered papers captures the wordless— those archetypal forms, pockets of energy erupting with sensuality, and their flowing pools, like substance become living organs— my work shows the guts of our own psyches.
Pennsylvania State University
BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS
Recently participated in group shows at Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg College, Allentown PA; Baum School of Art, Allentown PA; Connexions Gallery and Brick & Mortar Gallery in Easton PA
Earlier participated in group shows at Atmosphere Gallery, New York, NY; Andrew Miller Gallery, New York NY; KFMK Gallery, New York NY
* Indicates Solo Shows
2019 FALL, Connexions Gallery, Easton PA
2017 EIGHTIES REVISITED Part 1, Baker Cntr., Muhlenberg College, Allentown PA
2017 EIGHTIES REVISITED Part 2, Baum School of Art, Allentown PA
2016 CITY ARTISTS, Brick and Mortar Gallery, Easton PA
2015 SELECTED ARTISTS, SeeMe Digital, Louvre Museum, Paris, FRANCE
2014 YEAR IN REVIEW, SeeMe Exhibition Space, New York NY
2013 EXPOSURE, SeeMe Exhibition Space, New York NY
2013 NYC MOM SHOW, ChaShaMa 461 Gallery, New York NY
2012 *FACE DREAMS, ChaShaMa 461 Gallery, New York NY
2012 *VISAGE & EXPRESSION, Tenri Cultural Institute, New York NY
2012 MISSIONARY, Suddenly Samantha, Easton PA
2012 NEW ARTISTS, William Ris Gallery, Stone Harbor NJ
2012 HEADSTRONG, Salon Show, New York NY
2009 OCTOBER REMAINS, Eclectic Gallery, Jacksonville IL
2007 *SELF PORTRAITS, Time Life, New York NY
2006 SKARRY NITE, KFMK Gallery, Chelsea NY
2002 NEW PAINTERS, Andrew Miller Gallery, Long Island City NY
2001 NEW DIRECTIONS, Gale Martin Gallery, Chelsea NY
2000 VISIONS, Atmosphere Gallery, Chelsea NY
1997 *PLANETS II, Rodale, Emmaus PA
1997 MAYFAIR, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, Allentown PA
1996 *PLANETS I, Pelak Studio, Allentown PA
1993 WORKS ON PAPER, Heilender Gallery, New York NY
1991 *STATIONS COUPLES CROSSING, Moose Exhibition Space, Allentown PA
1991 CURRENT TRENDS, Bauhaus Gallery, Baltimore MD
1988 *AN EXISTENTIAL ROMANCE, Open Space Gallery, Allentown PA
1987 *EARTH WATER SKY, Wilbur Springer Gallery, Allentown PA
1987 *PALMS PERSPECTIVES, Americus Center, Allentown PA
1984 JURIED, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown PA
1981 NEW ARTISTS, William Ris Gallery, Hershey PA
1979 NEW ARTISTS, William Ris Gallery, Hershey PA
1975 *CROSSING WATERS, Pennsylvania State University, Uniontown PA
1974 *LANDSCAPES, Pennsylvania State University, McKeesport PA
1974 NEW ARTISTS, Kingpitcher Gallery, Pittsburgh PA
1974 NEW ARTISTS, Vendo Nubis Gallery, Philadelphia PA