Number of painters: 177
Last update: Sunday Jan 7, 2018
Painting is a language in which an intellectually stimulating idea must be spoken with precision. Such precision comes by painting objects from life. All of the artwork on this site was done completely from life.
I was born in Philadelphia, grew up in New Jersey and studied Fine Arts and figure drawing at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. It was at SVA that I met James McMullan, whose High Focus Drawing Class was one of my greatest artistic influences. While in my junior year at SVA I was invited to participate in an internship with Walt Disney Feature Animation. After that I participated in the Walt Disney Mentorship program which ended abruptly when my mentor disappeared mysteriously from the employment of Walt Disney Feature Animation.
During my early years in New York, I would often spend my free time attending life-drawing sessions at Spring Studio. I believed then, and believe still, that excellent drawing skills are prerequisite to the creation of great artwork.
After graduating from SVA I moved to Arizona and after being there a short time I began teaching classes at Scottsdale Artists' School. It was there, oddly enough, that I met Daniel Greene who became the other great influence on my work. I spent five summers working with him in his studio in North Salem, NY. There is an interesting story which resulted in Daniel buying a portrait I did in one of his workshops which happened to be my first portrait sale.
I finally determined that I was not "Disney material" (which I'm sure is a synthetic blend),and it was then that I began painting. (It may be of interest to note that I did not begin painting in oil until after I graduated from art school.) Having no job to keep me busy all day, and no money to hire models I began painting still-lifes for no other reason then to practice painting. I had no preconceived idea of a style or a desire to be known as a "Realist Painter" or a "Fine Artist". I figured that while I was practicing, I would try to incorporate, just slightly, the idea of adding a human quality to the objects I was painting or "anthropomorphizing". I admit, it is difficult to see this element of my work from the images on this web site. I have always been a fan of the movies and acting and often imagine that the objects in my still-lifes are actors on a stage. The story behind the paintings titled "Curtain Call" was that they were finished with their performance and taking a bow, which is why they are lined up on stage. Taking the idea further I decided to paint a more complete narrative where a stage play was actually the main theme of the painting. The painting with the masks in it titled "Almost" (begun in Oct 2007) is the first in this new series of which several more will follow.
My work is currently being shown in many private collections, both national and international. My collectors include CEO's, actors and actresses, several well known artists, and prominent businessmen and women. Please contact me if you should like to request any more detailed information.