I have been surrounded by images of famous paintings as far back as I can remember. Visits to art galleries and art museums were an integral part of my childhood. I later studied drawing and painting at the Corcoran School of Art and The Washington Studio School.
For me art is engaging---it engages my imagination in creating it and, hopefully, it engages the imagination of the viewer later on. Most of my work is figurative although little is particularly representational. I am not seeking to produce realistic depictions of people, places or things. My fascination with painting comes from the sheer joy of experimentation---using lines, colors, shapes and textures to invite interpretation, evoke an emotion or pique a curiosity. I am especially fond of bold, bright colors and enjoy juxtaposing colors and color shapes. I am intrigued with how color can be used to create or diminish an illusion of space or volume.
Painting, and drawing, is challenging and a particular work may take months or even years to complete. It is through the layers of mark making and the seemingly never ending challenge of probing or a more perfect composition that a work finally emerges. It always amuses me to see how things change and evolve and images appear and disappear on the canvas over time.