Growing up with overcast skies in then green hills and forests of upstate NY, my first visit to New Mexico in 1992 left me in awe. I fell in love with the clarity of the landscape with its wide open vistas, the clear blue skis and the multi-colored rock formations. As an Architect involved with the visual world, I felt an immediate attraction to the land and sky, feeling a sense of freedom that the openness gave. The Native American Pueblos fascinated me. I could practically feel the spirituality that the Native Americans had (and have) with nature.
Photography was always a hobby of mine but as soon as I saw all the wonderful fine art work in New Mexico, I knew I wanted to join the art community. I started taking a few workshops in pastel painting while I was the Facility Architect at TVI community college, and, then once I retired in 2002, I started devoting my full time to my art and within a few years expanded into oil painting as well.
WHY am I an artist? It is something I feel I have to be. It was what I wanted to become at an early age before I really knew what being an artist actually entailed: creating my own interpretation of the environment I see around me.
It was in the ninth grade that I first envisioned myself being an artist. Then as I started looking at the homes in my neighborhood and environs, my desire to improve upon those designs led me to Architecture. That became the direction of my life.
With over thirty years of architectural experience, my primary goal was to improve the lives of those who utilize the buildings, I was especially dedicated to creating interesting forms and spaces for the people to relate to the three dimensionality. This was the artist coming out in me.
Upon my graduation from Syracuse University with a professional degree in Architecture in 1959, I practiced several years in New York prior to moving to San Francisco. I spent a year full-time at the San Francisco Art Institute at which time I explored (in a somewhat metaphysical sense) the human form in relation to the forms and shapes of man’s surroundings and the energy it generated.
I left the “painted ladies” (Victorian homes) of San Francisco and eventually settled in the magnificently painted desert of New Mexico. Inspired by the New Mexican landscape and adobe style dwellings which blend beautifully into the abstract rock formations and color of New Mexico, I found the “mix” which inspired me. I was drawn to the interplay of manmade structures with the angularity of Nature’s rock formations.
I have tried to transfer the sensitivity I felt in the abstraction of architectural designs into the development of my artwork. Having painting now since 1992 full time, I am finding what I believe is a balance of the relationships of color, shapes and movement. I am exploring the brilliancy of the ever-changing light of the New Mexican landscape. Now, I am pushing color towards its purer hues giving a greater vitality and life to my paintings. New Mexico is the place for color; I am finding the brilliance of pastels and the substance and fluidity of oils my media of choice.
I endeavor to bring a sense of excitement to my viewers - to bring them into the painting and explore it--inviting them to visualize beyond the obvious. I hope to instigate a dialogue between nature and the geometry of man-made architectural creations. I enjoy the “rhythm” of being an artist.