In my earliest memories I perceived the world through artistic eyes. I hung out at the National Gallery in Washington DC with my curator grandfather learning the techniques of the masters. Life happened for the next several decades. I made a good living working with artists and designers. The medium at that time was area rugs.
In recent years I have scaled back my long time career and have pursued my life long love of art, now not only as a collector but as an active artist.
I paint from within myself. Sometimes I have a specific idea for a series and complete sketches before starting, often not. Depending on my mood i may start with a color or two that please me or with lines drawn exuberantly and without hesitation on canvas. It is an intuitive process and I become mesmerized, totally losing track of time. Painting creates an energy that I like to think shows in my work.
I am drawn to bright colors and bold compositions, they bring me joy. I use mostly acrylic paint but also inks, oil pastels, crayons, charcoal, graphite and anything else I come across. Occasionally I use collage, generally papers i have created myself. I love texture in my work. I paint with brushes, knives, my fingers, chopsticks etc. You get the idea, "no rules."
I feel my work is greatly influenced by my travels; exotic places full of color: Havana, Istanbul, Delhi, Hong Kong, Marrakesh and many more. I love travel and i love to paint. I am fortunate to be able to indulge in both.
I have been asked "How do you know when a painting is finished?" Having searched for a meaningful answer it is "I just know."