About the artist (me)
I was born and raised in NYC, a place with too many people crowded into to small an area. I always enjoyed drawing and considered a career as an industrial designer. Due to a learning disability and lack of opportunities this was a dream that would never happen. I studied math and science and received a degree in engineering from NYIT. I continued with my drawing but never showed them to anyone nor did I try to lean how to paint. In 1990 while working on a Real Estate deal with Ouida Kennedy (one of the premier artist in Atlanta) I asked her about painting and showed her some of my work. She said I should learn to paint and was willing to teach me. Two years later I won the dogwood international and both local and national galleries started showing my work. My work evolved into a style where I designed irregular canvas with very heavy texture (mainly of found items). The subject matter of most of my paintings between 1990 and 2000 were about people with physical, economic or mental (including drug use) disabilities (see WTO, Nafta, My name is...). I have shown in Soho NYC, Swainsboro, Boston Mass and Moultrie and all points between. Amnesty international has used my work to promote peace and the US government purchased a painting of mine to hang in Federal plaza in NYC (One legged homeless man).
In Dec of 2000 my wife Sharon (who was also my agent), died suddenly and my painting went through a very dark and limited phase. I mostly painted very old people and those with physical disabilities (they, the paintings, are now at Sheppard center and the senior citizens home in Atlanta). My painting was very infrequent and marketing non-existent (only shown at non-commercial venues).
Since remarrying (Gayla) , my work has become very and much more narrative. I paint large, bold and very strong.
My world is made up snapshots of what I have done, what I have seen and what I feel. It will include how I view the past and the present. I am painting now not for myself but for those that will come after me, to show them my world. Like a picture history book. The difference between what I am doing and either a history book or photos is that my work makes no pretense as to being objective, it is how I feel about my world and is not be a balanced account. This is;
“the world as seen through my eyes”
We all see things differently. What we perceive as reality is really determined by many different factors. These include our self-image, physical makeup (height, etc.), background (where we were raised and live now), religion and ethnicity. Our peers and our leaders also have an effect on how we see things. The people, places, and things we have encountered during the course of our lives have a profound effect on how we interpret what we see.
As an artist I am fortunate to be able to put on canvas, my perceptions of the world. I present to the viewer, familiar things, filtered through the unique experiences of my life. This is;
â€œ THE WORLD AS SEEN THROUGH MY EYES â€œ