Gazing through the mist I am moved beyond description at the beauty around me; the misty morning sky rising from calm moving water. As the sun forces its way through the moisture laden atmosphere, the picture changes, yellows begin to invade the blues, purples and grays. The mist begins to lift and a new picture unfolds.
From the first time I painted the landscape I was both moved and challenged by trying to capture the overwhelming beauty before me. Learning to see, feel and express the environment on canvas. I studied the works of artists from the Cape Ann and Bucks County schools, and revisited the impressionists and the immediacy of my earlier non-objective paintings. This brought me to a point
where the expression of the object, through light, began to create a spiritual connection with the landscape.
In the past, my painting was a means of expression, transferring my feelings into non-objective emotionally charged abstract imagery, adding layers upon layers of textures, materials, colors and shapes. Today my landscape painting is done exclusively on location. The connection I experience with nature and the challenge of getting it right is what brings me back time and again.
I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and lived throughout the borough until 1994, when I moved to Bergen County NJ, where I live with my wife and children. We recently moved to Rehoboth, DE, where I am painting and teaching. I studied drawing, painting and sculpture at Brooklyn College and then graduated from Pratt Institute, with an MFA in painting. I am a member of the Plein Air Painters of New Jersey, The Society of Plein Air Painters, The Blackwell Street Artists, The Lower Hudson Valley Plein Air Painters, The Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association and the Rehoboth Art League. I have had numerous exhibitions, including a group show at the Brooklyn Museum. I have been selected three times to participate in “Paint the Town” a premier plein air event being held in Cranford, NJ as well as the North Bennington Plein Air Competition in North Bennington VT. My painting “Last Snow” was selected as a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine’s, 28th annual competition and “Time for a Change” won first place in a Regional Juried show in New Jersey.
As in life, my painting has evolved. I now look for the important things and try to connect them to my feelings, expressing them as simply as possible.