artist statement

I am a figurative artist living in the Hudson Valley. My work is informed by the people, landscapes and objects that are part of my life.

My drawings and paintings sometimes incorporate grids or directions or language. I include these elements as a way to direct me as I work.

I paint or draw as a way to question how the world I see exists. The works are themselves experiments as a way to question reality.


What appears realistic includes elements of the process by which I achieve the finished work. I work and rework my paintings and drawings until I am drawn away from them and can hear them (figuratively) say that they are finished.


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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