Brash slabs of color. Broad washes of paint. Splashes of emotion. Rational, man-made shapes shaking hands with random, accidental painterly incident. Fields fraught with contradiction and contrast – light and dark, hot and cold, thick and thin, bright and dim, sharp and soft, predictable and unexpected.
The process, at least for me, is a little like boxing with Mike Tyson. You know you’re going to get hit and hit hard. The question is whether or not you can get back up and go the distance. The material, the paint, doesn’t always want to cooperate and in the end, it is a question of negotiating a new kind of peace and accepting what is offered to you in the moment.
I believe a great painting can be encountered just as we encounter nature. It doesn’t have to have an excuse. It doesn’t have to provide references to something else. It doesn’t have to depend on anything outside of itself. A great painting is meant to be felt through the eyes and has the potential to awaken emotional states and trigger strong personal associations.
It has always been this way. Even after walking away from my life as a successful starving artist in Boston during the early 1980s to earn a more lucrative living in the advertising and marketing world for some 30 years, I found myself starting over again only to reconnect with all of the issues that I found so intriguing at the start.
In many ways, it’s very much like I never stopped. My mojo just went into hibernation.
My influences include Hans Hoffmann, Richard Diebenkorn, Jackson Pollock and my mentor and teacher for six years, Robert S. Neuman.
Significant group shows:
1975 – Railroad Street Artists, Keene, NH
1976 – The Odd God, Boston, MA
1977 – Factory Fire Artists, Boston, MA
1981 – Boston Now, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston MA
1982 – Another Look at the Figure, Sunne Savage Gallery, Boston, MA
1983 – Abstract Art New England, Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA
1984 – Boston Now: Emerging Massachusetts Painters, Boston MA
1981 – Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA
1982 – New Paintings, Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA
1983 – Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA
2017 – Small Pieces, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC
2018 – Luminous Geometry, Stella G. Contemporary, Charlotte, NC
My work is represented innumerous private collections as well as public collections include General Electric, Bank of Boston, WANG Computer, DEC Corporation and many others. One of my paintings is in the permanent collection of The Boston Museum of Fine Arts.