“To an artist, a picture is both a sum of ideas and a blurry memory of ‘pushing paint,’ breathing fumes, dripping oils and wiping brushes, smearing and diluting and mixing. Blearly preverbal thoughts are intermixed with the namable concepts, figures and forms that are being represented.”
— James Elkins, What Painting Is
By learning how to see and how to think in paint, and by seeking awe through this practice, I find myself able to feel connected to something more expansive and thrilling than what might normally be perceived. The painting motifs and processes I’m drawn to result in the representation of some aspect of reality. But I’m less interested in an accurate description of that reality and more interested in a sincere expression of it — and then how the simple two-dimensional surface covered with marks of paint and shapes of value and color becomes vibrant with its own attractive drama or logic or DNA. This creative aspect of bringing a painting to life is pure magic to me.
I live in the suburbs of Philadelphia in the Brandywine Valley, ancestral land of the Lenape people. My experience with studio painting began as a humanities major at Penn State University a few decades ago. After college in the early 90s, I served as a founding director for the Lancaster, PA-based nonprofit group New Art Voices, which provided alternative venues and multi-media exhibitions for regional artists.
Between then and now I’ve enjoyed a career in public relations while painting only occasionally, but always feeling the need to paint. So in recent years I’ve established a committed practice — one further fueled by the isolation required during the COVID-19 pandemic. A number of art schools, along with their incredible faculties of painters who generously teach, have been invaluable resources for me. These organizations include Winslow Art Center, Washington Studio School, Wayne Art Center, and Penn Studio School of Art.
Independent Study / 2018-present
Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Humanities, Penn State University / 1987
Associate of Science, Elizabethtown College / 1984