I grew up painting, sculpting and doing ceramics. My parents exposed me to art in many ways and I naturally took to it. When I was 13, I became more interested in music. Ultravillage has a great review of my musical career. So for many years I did music and supported myself as a graphic designer and art director and later as a user experience designer for the web.
I felt the need to get back to art and specifically drawing. After years of graphic design, computers and the web, I was craving something organic and real. Drawing is so simple and if one can draw the human figure anything is possible. All the great masters were masters of the human form.
In 2012 I began to study figurative drawing at Minerva Duram’s Spring Studio and became a regular and had a show. Then the pandemic arrived. From one day to the next I was drawing from live models and then nothing. I really didn’t know what to do so I just stopped creating art. I ended up living in a house in a rural area of Rhode Island for the better part of 2020 and some of 2021 and there, a magical transformation took place. It began one day when I decided to try to draw live models from my imagination. I had become very dependent on real live models. I was surprised that I could actually create interesting compositions from my imagination. Then a major shift arrived. I began to make drawings that went beyond and appeared to plumb the inner depths of my psyche. Many themes seemed to draw upon my practice of Kundalini yoga meditation. I had never conflated my spiritual practice with artwork before but it began to happen. My paintings and surreal pastel drawings all reflect a new style and approach for me. This work comes from a very deep place within and I hope it talks to a very deep place within the viewer.