Essentially, my paintings are about beauty. Whether it be in my still life work, where I begin with a consideration of just the abstract elements of form and color, and then try to build interest with the careful arrangement of objects, or in the interior scenes which are usually about light, atmosphere, and mood, beauty is always the first subject.
In some of my work I enjoy a kind of visual pun, as in the still life series called Plumage, where the juxtaposition of hats and bird’s nests are so similar in shape and with each having the element of feathers. The paintings of my museum series are undertaken with an implied wink at the depiction of paintings within paintings.
Though I see painting as first and foremost a craft, it isn’t only that. Painting is about projecting that craft through a personality, memory and emotion in the attempt to capture an intangible thing which speaks in a language unavailable to any other mode of expression.
2017 Honorable Mention, Art Renewal Center
2017 Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic Award, Salmagundi Club, Non-Members
2016 1st Place, Still Life, Art Renewal Center
2014 Purchase Award, Art Renewal Center
2010 Honorable Mention, Art Renewal Center
2007 Honorable Mention, Art Renewal Center
2000 President’s Award, American Society of Portrait Artists
2000 People’s Choice Award, American Society of Portrait Artists
2000 John R. Grabach Memorial Award, American Artist Professional League
1999 Allied Artist of America Award
1998 Lelia Garden Sawyer Award, Salmagundi Club, Non-Members Juried Exhibition
1996 Third Prize, The Portrait Institute
1996 Second Prize, The Artist’s Magazine
1995 Grumbacher Gold Medal Award, Oil Painters of America
1994 Third Prize, Akron Society of Artists
1993 Leila Garden Sawyer Award, American Artists Professional League
1992 John S. Dole Memorial Award, American Artists Professional League
1992 AAA Award, Academic Artists Association