In 1971, I graduated with an AAS in Fine Art from Elizabeth Seton College and then received my Bachelor's degree in Art Education in 1988, and my Master of Art in painting in 1990 from SUNY New Paltz. After receiving my degrees, I studied the figure with Franklin Alexander at Barrett House in Poughkeepsie and in Woodstock and painting with Mel Stabin and Christine Debrowski. In 2002 I studied with Gale Barnett in Giverny, France. I taught art at North Junior High in Newburgh and after 11 years, the advanced drawing and painting classes and the Ap art classes at Newburgh Free Academy until my retirement in 2014 after 25 years.
I have been painting my entire life. I am inspired by the dramatic lighting of the Hudson Valley landscape and the peaceful mountain farm where I live with my farmer wife, Lynn. I believe that painting on location heightens the emotional charge and the sensual depth in my work.
I have participated in juried, solo, and group shows throughout the United States for many years. My work is in private and corporate collections in the United States, Italy, Germany, and Guam.
Presently I am a member of Arts Mid Hudson, Barrett House Galleries and Woodstock Art Association. I was one of the founding members and past president of The Real Gallery, an artist cooperative in Cornwall, NY that existed for 20 years.
In late May of 2015 while painting on a local farm, I began adding the migrant workers to my work. I now have painted them in both large and small formats. These workers are some of the “faceless” people that impact our lives. They often remain unseen and unknown despite their presence in our Valley for many months each year. Getting to know and then paint them changed my perspective on my work and forged my commitment to knowing them as people and not merely as faceless workers in the field.
My studio work transformed as a result of interacting with the workers. I returned to traditional oil paint and brush from oil sticks. And I began to paint on a much larger scale. My first piece was called: “What are you thinking?” It is 20x48”. I have painted the figure in that work four times as of now: once en plein air, twice in gouache and once more in the large studio piece.
Recently seen by curator and gallery owner, (M Gallery, Cold Spring) Maryanne Syrek, as “very powerful work and full of energy. Great color and light as well”.
One of my farm worker paintings, “Noble Workers” was chosen for the Chronogram by their “parting shot” editor, Diana Waldron and is in their May 2016 issue
The following is a listing of the last 20 years of selected exhibitions
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2017 - Woodstock Art Association and Museum, Woodstock, NY
2017 - People of the Land, Seven21 Gallery, Kingston, NY
2016 - Farmworkers, The Falcon Gallery, Marlboro, NY
2014 - Seasons, Beacon Library, Beacon, NY
2010 - Solo Exhibit, LGBTQ Center Gallery, Kingston, NY
2009 - Solo Exhibit, Locust Grove Historic Site, Poughkeepsie, NY
2007 - Landscapes, Brass Anchor, Poughkeepsie, NY
2004 - 25 Year Retrospective, Museum of the Hudson Highlands, Cornwall, NY
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2017 - River as Metaphor, Samuel Dorsky Museum SUNY, New Paltz, NY
2017 - War in the Arts: Redeeming Spirits, Orange County Community College, SUNY Orange, Middletown, NY
2017 - The Art of New York, The Arkell Museum, Canajoharie, New York
2017 - Art of Politics, Barrett House, Poughkeepsie (July)
2017 - Inspirations, Hammond Museum, North Salem, NY (June)
2016 - Plein Air, Arts Mid -Hudson, Poughkeepsie, NY
2011 - Two Person exhibit, Lifebridge Sanctuary Rosendale, NY
2010 - Two Person exhibit, Artroom Gallery & Studio, Marlboro, NY
2009 - Group exhibit Millbrook Winery (winner label competition)
2004 - Group exhibit, Wilderstein, Rhinebeck, NY
2002 - Group exhibit, Barnett Gallery, Giverny, France
2000-97 - Group exhibit Vanderbilt Mansion, Hyde Park, NY
1999 - Group exhibit Forever Gallery, Dobbs Ferry, NY
1998 - Group exhibit Lycium Theatre, Sugar Loaf, NY
1997 - Highland National Juried Exhibition, Poughkeepsie, NY
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