I am influenced by three main impulses, or strains, of painting. One is the bold, colorful, shape-oriented painting of (German) Expressionism, with its broad forms and adventurous composition; by early French (I would call it Classical) modernism of Picasso's Blue/Rose paintings; lastly by the classical realism of Renaissance painting. I really think of painterly form in sculptural terms, and how to embody that through color and light.
In terms of content, I am a narrative painter. Even a still-life or landscape is embedded in story. I do seem my figures as characters in an on-going theater. I tend to be attracted to themes of action and work. The stories that I paint are culled from what I see around me (people carrying things, walking, running), from stories and myths, and from my "inner heritage" of art history. As a child I was entranced by biblical stories. I am most interested in mythology, especially Western mythology, and sometimes I grapple with distinct myths (Europa, Leda and the Swan, the Minotaur myths, etc.); often these myths inform more personal stories which are in my blood.
Advertisements have messages. Paintings have meanings, embedded within the form. Last week I was in the library, and saw the librarian carrying a vertical stack of books, nearly staggering under the weight of the burden. I began to think about that in symbolic terms: the weight of liberating books. Later I made a small oil sketch, which is still in my studio, sleeping perhaps. One day it may re-awaken and stumble into a huge painting with its new burden, transformed into a powerful, patterned figure. May be man or woman, may never awaken.
In terms of patterning: I am blessedly guilty of loving pattern, an unstoppable tendency in all culture(s); some I believe is imbibed from Gustav Klimt, much I am certain comes from the vivid African fabric patterning I saw for much of my childhood, having grown up in Africa (Belgian Congo).
In terms of color: I love color which is bold, but not acidic, bright and intimate. My palette is a simple, mostly Mediterranean palette (warmish), chromatic but, like all good things, rooted in brown.
In terms of form: I am a tonal and chromatic painter, shape-oriented rather than linear. I begin my paintings on a (generally warm-toned) rather dark surface, beginning with lights, then moving to darks. I work fairly "openly", broadly, energetically; but I work the painting in stages, allowing it to awaken on its own terms. For me, control is freedom; technical mastery is essential to great form.
Professional painter currently living outside of Asheville NC.
Teaching experience in New York City for twelve years.
Prolific in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture.
Born in 1952; Educated Overseas; fluent in French; teaching experience with
The Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA NYC 1992-2000
Holds two Master of Fine Arts Degrees; study at Oxford University (drawing) 2003
Study w/ Daniel Libeskind/ Vincent Desiderio/ Martha Erlebacher
Emerging Artist, Arts & Antiques 2002 / paintings reviewed Art Matters 2005
Two extended Fellowships The MacDowell Colony NH 1990/1992
Visual Teaching Artist Lincoln Center Institute New York, NY 1992-98
Visual Teaching Artist MoMA / Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC 1992-98