Animals allow us to drop our self-conscious walls and defense mechanisms to communicate in a manner that is honest. They also give us a true gift of joy which inspires the child in us all. That has also been one of my themes and one that will intermingle in my work. My goal is to be a mirror and reflection of this honesty. My paintings cover the breadth of life, including death.
I like to say that I studied with masters, although I did not get a formal degree in art. I spent time after school at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, viewing up close in depth the brush work and methods of many great masters like Sargent, Rembrandt, Whistler. I also took weekend open studio classes for life drawing and painting at the Art Students League. In Maryland, I studied at night after work and took classes with Ann D. Schuler at the Schuler School in Baltimore. I was fortunate to also study with Melvin O. Miller and Nancy Conrad in Baltimore at their atelier. Melvin was a member of the famed "Six Realists of Baltimore" in the early 1960's. That group included: Joe Sheppard, John Bannon, Frank Redelius, Earl Hoffman, Thomas Rowe, and Evan Keehn, all early students of Jacques Maroger. Jacques Maroger is known for creating the mediums of the masters, both Flemish and Italian. I utilize both types in my work. The Maroger medium is known for glazing and 'old master' refractive light effects.
I am a perfectionist and expect the most of my self above all else.