artist statement

A student of the National Academy of Art and the Art Students League, I studied with renowned artists Furman Finck, Ron Sher and Mary Beth McKenzie and taught art materials/techniques and studies from life. As a figurative artist, I document my reactions to what I read, the music I listen to, who I meet, and the Hudson Valley’s fabulous landscape. My work concentrates on painting, in a variety of media, and drawing and has been exhibited in the US and is in collections in the US and Europe.

View my series of watercolors and oils featured on, a collection of works inspired by Schubert's Winterreise.


The Red Arch, Betsy Jacaruso Gallery, Rhinebeck, NY

Art Studio Views Tours, Rhinebeck, NY

Atwater Gallery, Rhinebeck, NY

Gazen Gallery, Rhinebeck, NY

609 Warren, Hudson, NY

Hunters Point Artist Community Exhibition, L.I.C., NY

Studio 303, L.I.C., NY

This is not an Archive: Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Northwest Cultural Council, Rollin Meadows, IL

Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield, CT 47thAnnual International  Exhibition

San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA

37thJuried Exhibition, The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY

34th & 37th Juried Exhibition, Smithtown Township Arts Council, Smithtown, NY

First Street Gallery, New York, NY  

International Juried Exhibition, United Nations, New York, NY

12"x12"x (12"), Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY



Comstock Drawing Award, Ridgefield Guild of Artists

John Mckee Memorial Award for Figure Drawing, San Diego Art Institute

Drawing Prize, Art Students League

Ralph Weller Prize for Painting, National Academy of Design


New York, NY; Milan, Italy; Worcester, MA; Northampton, MA; Claverack, NY Southampton, NY; St. Bonnet sur Gironde, France; Madison, CT; Rhinebeck, NY



National Academy of Design, New York, NY

New York Public School Adult Education Program, Riverdale, NY

Art Students League, New York, NY



National Academy of Design, Certificate, New York, NY

Art Students League, New York, NY

New York University, New York, NY

Drew University,  Madison, NJ, BA

Oxford University

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