This site was begun in 2009 first and foremost as a place to share my work and my musings on painting. As time went by, I realized how difficult it is to ever completely share one’s feelings on art without putting them into the context in which I experience them, one which includes who or what I like or need to look at for inspiration and why. I am only a very tiny fly in a cosmic carousel of great art, hence this new twist may become enormous. At the same time, I was missing the dialogue of teaching after so many years of working closely with students. Thus the visual notations as well as the personal art musings in the blog section are a way for me to continue to pass on knowledge and experience in whatever way it might be useful.
As for my background, I was born in 1973 in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin in the United States, the second of seven children. I graduated cum laude from Lawrence University in 1995 with a double bachelor of arts in English Literature and Italian Renaissance studies. In 1998, I moved to Florence, Italy to begin my studies at Charles Cecil Studios in charcoal, pencil and pastel drawing of the figure, cast, and portrait, and in 2000 I began painting in oil and teaching. In 2003, I was pleased to receive the “Best of Show” award at the Trinidad, Colorado National Fine Arts Competition, and I am very honored that my works now rest in private collections in Australia, Canada, England, France, Holland, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Malta, Spain, South Africa, and the United States. I have exhibited in London, New York, Boston, Rome and Florence, with an upcoming show planned in Israel.
From 2003 to 2008, I taught drawing and painting in my private studio school in Florence, Italy to students from around the world. I returned to the US in November, 2008 and continue to travel for further inspiration, most recently in Israel. Since February, 2009, I have been concentrating on both indoor and outdoor scenes in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Rehovot, Israel. Working both conceptually and perceptually, my painting method shares much with science and yet is influenced by a direct personal response to light, color, chaos and the absence or presence of the human figure.