100 Days of Drawings from a Pandemic – 2020/2021
These drawings came out of the frustration and isolation of working during the COVID pandemic. They each represent some aspect of what I was experiencing, whether it be what others were saying or feeling, what I was saying or feeling and what I perceived to be the tone of the moment. These images, all avatars of myself, portray some of the qualities of living during this time in the US. All images are 14″ x 11″ and are created with mixed media including pencil, charcoal, markers, chalk pastel, oil pastel, tea, pomegranate juice, wood residue, crayon, watercolor, etc.
Earlier Art by Theme – 2017 to 2020
Theses places have influenced my creative style and process. I create art because art is a compulsion that, for me, started with music. Music pushed me into painting as a way of capturing my relationship with the world and the people in it. When I started, I was finding ways of painting what I saw. As my work has evolved, it has become a way to capture how I feel and think about the world. I specialize works created using a combination of oil paint, acrylic paint, alcohol inks, marker pens, pencils, charcoal and colored pencils. I focus on creating my work from inside. I let my non-dominant hand draw and create a structure which determines the basis for what emerges. The final works are a combination of representation and abstraction. I also enjoy working with printmaking, especially monotypes.
My art style is a cross between cartoon, caricature work and layered abstraction. I am motivated by my close personal connections, music and colors as they are seen in nature. I have been creating art for over 45 years. My favorite artist is Cy Twombly whose work I still find to be radical! I connect with the art community by working as a curator at a non-profit space. I install exhibits at least 5 times a year that focus on the work of new or underrepresented artists. My work has been shown at in a special exhibit at the Lourve, Paris; World Trade Center, New York; Drawing Rooms, Jersey City; Monmouth Museum, Lindcroft; and the Watchung Arts Center, Watchung among others.
I intend for others to experience the idea of what it means to be fully human, to recognize how identity is a construct that we make every day, and that each of us is in a constant state of evolving, in spite of our habits and limitations.