I was born in Brooklyn, New York, USA. Primarily a representational artist, I paint landscapes and the figure, with an occasional still life or abstract. I work in acrylic on canvas.
Prior to my second career as artist, I was a professor at the School of Health Sciences, Hunter College, City University of New York. While at Hunter, I authored four books, directed a masters program in health services administration, and pioneered courses in critical thinking and writing.
I picked up the thread of drawing and painting in 1998 in plein-air workshops in Italy and returned to serious study at Hunter College.
I believe that my work is telling about the awe and wonder the eye can see despite the chaos and corruption we confront. I have striven to master modern issues of color and composition within a primarily realist context, but the paintings say "look at what I see, isn't it beautiful?" Or "Look again!"
I paint strong, dramatic landscapes set in New York and places I have traveled to in the US and Europe. I was influenced by the 19th Century sensibility of Turner and The Hudson River School, but also Monet, Manet, and Cezanne.
I express a 21st century "take" with vigorous brushwork, dynamic composition, and a strong color sense. My work with the figure looks at people in motion at a moment in time, absorbed in the activity of their daily lives.
People sometimes feel serenity in my work. While I have been and continue to be an activist, what comes out in my work is who I am inside, after struggle to be at home in the world and with myself. I think I express an affirmation of life and an infatuation with what the eye and heart can see, maybe with a hint of the solitary.
Starting in September, 2007, I have begun to address my reaction to what is going on in the world in a direct way, by painting contrasting views of reality.
I have a PHD from Cornell University in economics. Although I won prizes for painting and draftsmanship in high school and at the Educational Alliance in New York City, I chose to study the social sciences in college and graduate school, and eventually became an expert in health care policy and human resources.
I have annual solo shows at the Jadite Galleries in Manhattan. I have been in solo shows at the Landmark Lobby Gallery, Eastview/Tarrytown, and at the Gallery at Merritt Crossing, Milford, CT.
I have been in juried shows in Florence, Italy; Manhattan, NY; Merrick, NY; Rhinebeck NY; Westport CT; Chautauqua NY; Baltimore, MD; Manchester, VT; Alexandria, VA; Sacramento, CA; Havre de Grace, MD; St. James, NY; Woodstock, NY; Schuylerville, NY., Washington, DC, and Montclair, NJ.
Public art includes a 1999 triptych, "Crosswalk Gestures," acrylic and photo collage on canvas, at Hunter College.
I am now showing in juried online shows with the American Juried Art Salon (2005-2007).
Critics have said: "...the subtle color and powerful composition impressed me very much with both [its] chromatic sensitivity and ...natural design sense...." Dennis Wepman, author; former cultural affairs editor of the New York Daily News; former editor of Artist Spectrum. (Private correspondence, May 9, 2004.)
"The technique and color usage...are very sensitive and give a good amount of feeling.... excellent technique and understanding of the elements....Excellent color usage." (Juror comments, American Juried Art Salon 2006)
A profile of my figural work and the development of my palette appeared in American Artist Magazine, November 2002. My painting "The Shell Monument" is the August 2007 selection in the Emerging Artists Calendar.
My artwork can be seen online: AbsoluteArts, Art Opportunities Monthly, Jadite Galleries, Midtown West Artists Associates, Westport Arts Center, and West Side Arts Coalition.