I have made my living as a sculptor since graduating from Parson’s School of Design, NYC nearly 30 years ago. Around 2006, I made a conscious decision to transition into painting, which was prompted by a series of textile designs I produced for Asprey & Co., a high end British luxury store and Tiffany & Co. I enjoyed the process so much that I kept at it, producing a series of works entitled, “Nature, Abstracted”. For the most part, they are based on abstracted botanical illustrations. Lately, I have become fond of painting on precious hardwoods - mahogany, walnut, birch and maple, supplementing the work with materials such as lacquer and white and yellow gold leaf to give the paintings an extra layer of light and luxury.
A second series entitled, “Adorned” is based on people. Who they are, how they see themselves, how the world sees them and how they adorn themselves. Each of these paintings tells a story and the best part of it is that the story changes with each person who looks at it, initiating a sort of interactive dialogue between the viewer and the piece.
A third series, entitled, “Dialogues” is my most recent series. Perhaps a trickle down effect of the “Me Too Movement”, the series centers around women’s issues. How they live. How they are perceived, treated and looked upon in various cultures all around the world. I am creating these paintings with a very definite story but instead of trying to make any kind of statement, I am encouraging the viewer to think for themselves and to engage in discussions about societal issues - past and present and future.
If I had to use three words to describe my work, they would be:
Colour, Movement, Drama.