Born in Boston, MA, grew up on Martha's Vineyard
Island, currently resides in NYC. Lived in Santa Fe, NM
for a while after attending art school in Hartford, CT.
Practices TM, avoids plastic as part of reducing carbon footprint. Was the drummer in a few bands. Is/was a hip hop/house dancer.
Even when dim, G-Light stays lit. Always learning all of it.
When conveying nature, the experience of painting from life can't be matched by painting from a photograph. A camera sees with one eye, we see with two, providing a 3D perspective that a 2D photo cannot. The undetected vibration of those seemingly still forms while light that drapes them perpetually shifts in a plein air landscape- plus all else that filters through the senses- the sounds, temperature, aromas, the mood and breath of a portrait subject, all of this appears in the painting even if on the most subtle subconscious level. This can hardly be translated beyond mere retinal detail onto canvas from a frozen 2D photograph. To be clear, this is not a criticism of the art of photography. Rather, it is a statement on the distinct difference between painting/drawing from life ( 3d, portrait or en plein air landscape ) versus using a photograph as reference/subject matter from which to paint or draw. I'm a proponent of drawing/painting entirely from imagination as well. A piece depends on the intent of message. By all means a photo reference may be needed- and used effectively- for a more conceptual work, for example.
2018, '17, '14, '13 UPTOWN ARTS STROLL Open Studios
New York, NY
2016-Present OAK BLUFFS LIBRARY Ongoing Exhibit
Martha's Vineyard, MA
2015 FEATHERSTONE GALLERY Now And Zen Show
2014 THE WORKSOP GALLERY Small Works Group Show
2014 INDIAN ROAD CAFE Solo Show
2011 PLEIADES GALLERY Artist Of Six Group Show
2012 '11 '10 HVG ARTS GROUP Annual Art Show
2011 '10 '09 '08 MIKEL HUNTER GALLERY "Urban Event" Group Exhibit
2011 GALLER SITTER Pleiades Gallery New York, NY
1994-1996 CLASS MONITOR for the classical figurative painting and drawing workshops of Celeste and Tony Ryder Valdes Studios Santa Fe, NM
1994-1996 SCULPTOR Sculpture Basis Studio Santa Fe, NM
Projects include major installations to the African American History Museum in Detroit, MI and the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, IA
1990-1991 ARTIST GUILD CO-OP MEMBER Church Street Muse Gallery
Martha's Vineyard, MA
HARTFORD ART SCHOOL Bachelor of Fine Arts 1991
Received Charles Salisbury Award for Excellence in the Arts