Yes! I am often asked how I can paint realistic still lifes at the same time as abstracted landscapes. Here is my story: I started drawing at a young age and continued drawing and working with water colors through high school. My mother taught Fine Arts and painted often herself, and she taught me about great works of art from books and visits to art museums. Even while pursuing a career in software engineering, I was always drawn back to my interest in art. I managed to sneak in a life drawing class in between science classes at the University of Pennsylvania. After graduate school I returned to my home state of Massachusetts where I enrolled in local painting courses and set up a studio at home, experimenting with various media.
In 2000 I began taking oil painting from Newburyport painter and gallery owner, Enrico Donati. The Donati gallery sold several of my paintings. Joining the Newburyport Art Association led to several of my paintings being selected for juried shows. In 2003 I took an oil painting class at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, painting the figure from live models. The teacher was Evelina Brozgul, an accomplished Boston-area teacher and painter.
Soon thereafter I began weekly lessons with Evelina in her studio, progressing from rigorous pencil drawing exercises, copying the old masters such as DaVinci and Caravaggio, to intensive training in oil painting and the use of glazes. Working from studio still life setups in these classes inspired me to branch out on my own, eventually producing a collection of still lifes in my own style infused with bright colors and patterned fabrics.
In 2007 two galleries accepted my work and continued to exhibit it for many years. More galleries have since followed. In 2010 I expanded into a new genre and style: abstracted landscapes. Although very different from the realist still lifes, these paintings continue to reflect my obsession with bright colors, expressed in a more abstract style. The concept of horizontal stripes in those paintings grew out of gazing at the ocean while sailing.
Next I became fascinated with darkness lit only by small areas of intense light. This led to a collection of interior figurative paintings set in dark bars, where I concentrated on bringing out the brightly colored lights that just might expose secrets hiding in the shadows. The dark bars then moved outside to morph into a series of dark scene paintings.
More recently I have been pursuing a style I call jagged stripes. It builds on an earlier style of pure horizontal stripes and also abstractly depicts a landscape. I am also exploring some pointillist techniques employing dots or short rectangles. I am excited by the prospect of pursuing all of these diverse paths into the future.
Are all of these paintings done by the same person?
Awards and Commissions
2014 'Church in the Moor' selected for Artist’s Magazine 2014 calendar.
2014 Commission for two 18x24 cityscapes for a company’s Boston office
2013 Finalist, Artist’s Magazine Annual Art Competition.
2013 Commission to create a 24x40 landscape for a company’s Michigan’s office
2014 The Newburyport Current: article on my solo show at the Firehouse Gallery
2014 NH Union Leader: photo of 'Burning Bush' in Art 3 show
2014 Featured Artist Split Lip magazine (online), Jan-Mar issue.
2014 Bedford Journal: photo of Art3 show featured 'Ptown Shops'
2020 Art3 gallery virtual exhibition, Art3 Gallery, Manchester, NH
2019 Gallery exhibition, Blue Heron Gallery, Wellfleet, MA
2019 Art3 Gallery exhibition, Art3 Gallery, Manchester, NH
2018 Gallery exhibition, Blue Heron Gallery, Wellfleet, MA
2018 "Distractions", Art3 Gallery, Manchester, NH
2018 "Through the Artists' Eyes", Art3 Gallery, Manchester, NH
2017 'Language of the Imagination', Art3 Gallery, Manchester, NH
2017 Gallery exhibition, Blue Heron Gallery, Wellfleet, MA
2004-2007 Evelina Brozgul studio, Chelsea, MA Studio oil painting classes
2003 School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. Oil painting class.
2000-2002 Enrico Donati Gallery, Newburyport, MA. Studio oil painting classes
1967-1969 University of Maryland, College Park, MD Graduate study, Computer Science
1967 University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. BA Natural Science
Introduction to life drawing
Art3 Gallery, Manchester, NH. Group Show June 6 - September 15, 2022
2016 Essex Art Center, Lawrence, MA Two-person show
2016 "A Sense of Place", Art3 Gallery, Manchester, NH
2016 Gallery exhibition, Blue Heron Gallery, Wellfleet, MA
2015 "Inside/Outside", Art 3 Gallery, Manchester, NH
2015 "Surf and Turf", Art 3 Gallery, Manchester, NH
2015 Gallery Exhibition, Blue Heron Gallery, Wellfleet, MA
2015 Spring group show, Art 3 Gallery, Manchester, NH
2014 “COLOR!”, Solo show, Firehouse Gallery, Newburyport, MA.
2014 “The Language of Color”, Art 3 Gallery, Manchester, NH.