I want to convey a “state of possibility,” where everything in the atmosphere pulsates with life, on the verge of movement and change. My abstract art paintings are about the forces of energy that surround us. How one motion affects the next is a continuing source of fascination for me.
I’ve been exploring abstraction more and more over the years, but–even with my representational pieces–I am focusing on the vibration of matter and how our world exists right on the edge of chaos, in almost constant flux.
That’s why retaining a sense of gestural animation in my work is important to me. I also use a lot of glazes and scribbles to convey the depth of space wherever I can.
Inspired by the landscape and water that surrounds me in Marin county, California, I’m also drawn to the figure, and the challenge of conveying the personality within. I play music while working, and hope the rhythm of the sounds I hear are also part of the viewer’s experience.
My studio is in Sausalito, CA. I graduated as a painter from Brandeis University, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1976, but have been painting since the age of 13, after falling in love with the smell of turpentine in my grandfather’s basement studio in the Bronx when just a toddler. My work life, pre-kids, was in high tech marketing communications. My father was a chemical and a nuclear engineer and I grew up in a science- and math-oriented family.