To state what one’s work is “about” in a non-dialogue situation is rather frightening. Can writing about visual art attenuate the inspiration for nonverbal expression? I do know that I reject the often-stated artist’s burden of “teaching us about ourselves.” Life itself seems to have a way of doing that very well. Neither do I aspire to raise the viewer’s consciousness of social ills; I prefer to leave that to the journalists.. and others. An artist once said that you “paint your childhood.” Art certainly must come from that place so strongly imprinted by early impressions of the wonder and mystery of life. I also know that if the viewer has no subconscious link to the psyche of the artist, the painting may as well be a blank canvas.
Work is in public and private collections. Among places I have shown is Dutchess Community College and the Silvermine annual exhibition., the Springfield Exhibition of Hellenic Artists. Received a Dutchess County Arts Council grant, along with three other artists, to construct an installation at the Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie, NY. I have a BS degree and thirty-six graduate hours in art education from SUNY New Paltz. I have studied painting with, among others, Ilya Bolotowsky, Joseph Miniewski, Bernard Steffans, Bruce Dorfman. Bolotowksy was an amazing man. He made students feel that their style was his style, he seemed to immerse himself in the student's sensibility. Even as a beginner, I was already producing loose, abstract painterly canvasses with his approval and admiration. How startled and chagrined I was to discover at a faculty show (and learned later) that Bolotowky was a preeminent member of the geometric, hard-edged Neoplastic School, fashioning tondos, though in the secondary colors, rather than the primary colors of Mondrian.