The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things. But the inward significance. Aristotle
My formal art education began in the 9th grade. My art teacher, Dan Christoffel inspired students for decades as a high school art teacher. In fact, the work I do today began in that 9th grade class.
I majored in art in High School. I began my college art training at S.U.N.Y., New Paltz in upstate New York and completed a B.F.A. in Painting and Drawing in 1982 at the Philadelphia College of Art
I returned from Philadelphia and worked at an art supply store. There, I learned more than any art school could teach about materials for artists, the choices, qualities, and options. I gained an appreciation for the best materials and how to find them. In 1985, I decided to continue my art training. I needed a dose of full out studio time and concentration. I received my M. F. A. from Pratt Institute in Painting and Art History in 1988. There, I fine tuned my technique, learned how to talk about my work and knew once and for all, that art was my best form of communication.
My paintings speak from my heart; they are a language of passion, truth, and the wonder of living with an active consciousness. They speak for my brain that needs to tell you how I see the world. My paintings are not affected by the whim or mood of the day but by the act of living in a world full of changes moment by moment. They are an awareness of the life spent on the Earth and the energy of the life force.