My artistic inspiration comes from my love of nature. There is a world of beauty waiting to be captured. I am entranced by the dazzling colors of flowers, the magnificence of the skies and clouds, and reflections on water. Reflective patterns of light on the colors and shapes in the simplest of scenes can be stunning. I constantly strive to capture those special scenes onto my canvas.
Color, combined with my love of design and the textual quality of paint - is why I paint. I just want to create beautiful and colorful images and share my passion with others.
I am very free and expressive with my brushstrokes and composition. I never feel restricted to represent the scenes that inspire me, as I tend to interpret images to create my own personal vision. I use photography, observation and memory as my source material. Sometimes I make small sketches. But I tend to be impatient and start my paintings rapidly, usually alla-prima. My process tends to be intuitive since I am basically self-taught. I paint in oils on canvas and aluminum.
I started painting as a child, but never fully pursued my passion. Instead, I had a successful career as a senior executive in finance. Now, on retiring I have returned to painting. While primarily self-taught, I have benefitted from workshops and individual lessons with renowned artists in Europe and the United States. I have also studied at SUNY Purchase, the Art Students League of New York and the Silvermine Arts Center.
Admiring the French and American Impressionists, I discovered inspiration in Europe while I was still involved in my business career. This breakthrough came when I first painted in Monet’s gardens at Giverny. The splendor of those gardens and the beauty of the changing light made an unbelievable impression on me. This experience stirred me to visit other sites where the Impressionists painted, and to become completely committed to painting. Reaching the Mediterranean and entranced by its radiance, mood, atmosphere and stunning views, I found a new home. I currently paint in studios at my homes in Stamford, Connecticut and on the French Riviera.
My paintings have been exhibited in international solo and group shows and are held by private collectors in Europe and the US. I am represented by galleries in New York City, Kennebunk, Maine and Cannes, France.