At nine years old, I learned oil painting techniques from William DeVieg, a restoration painter, in Tinton Falls, NJ in the Old Mill building. I earned my BFA at Parsons School of Design, and attended life drawing classed at the Arts Students League in Manhattan. One of my most influential teachers at Parsons was Herman Rose. Rose was included in a 1952 Museum of Modern Art exhibition called, “15 Americans,” which also included work by Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock.
When I was in elementary school I loved field day. Field day was a day free from lessons and sitting in a classroom. That’s how I feel when I paint. I’m free. And that is how I want my audience to feel. This freedom I feel has led me to become a surrealist. I am creating a visual language. A collection of recurring symbols. I am exploring who I am and what I want to tell the world.