I was born in 1957, and live and work at Western Avenue Lofts, a large and thriving artist’s community in Lowell, Massachusetts.
Like most kids, I painted early, but then basically kept going, and by high school I was doing landscapes and beginning to explore visionary-style themes. A few years later, I also started doing signage and other commercial art jobs.
I showed my paintings in non-gallery venues, and in an occasional juried show until more recently, and then in 2015, began to display every month to the public during First Saturday Open Studios. at Western Ave.
My family has a creative heritage- I learned watercolors from my Mom who loved nature and God, and drawing from my Dad, who had the Bhagavad Gita with him. We were fortunate to grow up in a natural setting with woods, fields, and a river. This was jet fuel for my imagination. I loved birds in particular, which became the subjects of my first paintings.
At the rebellious age, I became inclined to religion and spirituality, and started trying to portray the sense of expanded awareness beyond the physical. This was mainly in my figures, which were more like abstract symbols, and it seemed a natural balance to ground them in a realistic landscape.
Meanwhile, I continued with the commercial projects. This evolved into a variety of scenarios to include graphics and airbrush murals on vehicles, scenics for trade shows and real estate, and many painted backdrops for advertising photography and industrial theater.
I have also been hired regularly for many specialized food and floral illustration projects. These have been mainly for advertising and packaging, with some editorial and .org work also.
Currently, my commissioned projects are mostly interior house-painting jobs, often involving additional decorative surface treatments and murals.
From all of this work, my appreciation and understanding of materials has steadily expanded. Adapting to a diversity of job requirements, mediums, and surfaces requires constant experimentation- this part of my process has become intrinsic, and is the basis of my continuing education.
As I proceed on this dual path, the guiding principle for me is that art is first and foremost, the creation of a functional object, and can serve as a living portal reflecting the magic of our existence.
I see the styles and substance of my own paintings as continually evolving forward from the earliest traditions of both indigenous and Western religious art. Meaning- an expression where realist, symbolic, and visionary conceptions are combined in service to a spiritual narrative.
As an overall direction while working, my aim is to listen, alert to a guiding voice- rather than imposing upon the inspiration. In practice, my intent is to achieve a balance of the methodical and the spontaneous, allowing for that which cannot be planned, but only witnessed.
Sometimes I begin work with no particular image or subject in mind, using a random surface and leftover paint. Usually, a subject or theme emerges, suggesting a direction towards completion, which I then follow.
In an exciting recent development, I have been working closely with another artist whose work I particularly admire- Vanessa Compton, creating a series of mixed media collaborations.
Quick-drying water-based paints- particularly acrylics and watercolors are ideal for my approach. In addition to the classical techniques of building up an image, the rapid layering and easy removal of these mediums provide a great way to explore the chance effect, and the possibility of revealing hidden form beneath the surface.
I use many different tools, methods, and some technology- new and old, when developing projects. Digital software techniques and printing are woven thru-out my overall process.
I use photo references, sketching from nature, and projectors or renderings to transfer ideas to surfaces, and then work the paint with all manner of brushes and knives- large and small, together with rags, rollers, sponges, sprayers, and sandpaper.
1980 one-person show at Concord Public Library in Concord, Massachusetts.
1988 annual juried show at Acton Arts League in Acton, Massachusetts.
1992 annual juried show at Concord Art in Concord, Massachusetts.
1996 annual juried show at Concord Art in Concord, Massachusetts.
1999 annual juried show at Concord Art in Concord, Massachusetts.
2005 group show at Gleason Public Library in Carlisle, Massachusetts.
2008 group show at Trinity Episcopal Church in Concord, Massachusetts.
2011 “Essence” group show at Gleason Public Library in Carlisle, Massachusetts.
2015 all First Saturday Open Studios at Western Avenue Lofts in Lowell, Massachusetts.
2016 all First Saturday Open Studios at Western Avenue Lofts in Lowell, Massachusetts.
2016 solo exhibit at SUTRA yoga studio in Lowell, Massachusetts.
2017 all First Saturday Open Studios, at Western Avenue Lofts in Lowell, Massachusetts.
2017 “The Space Between: reflecting an inner view of nature” two-person show with Lauren Middleton at Trinity Episcopal Church in Concord, Massachusetts.
2017 “Energy Bodies in the Elements” solo show at Lowell Telecommunications studio in Lowell, Massachusetts.
2018 all First Saturday Open Studios at Western Avenue Lofts in Lowell, Massachusetts.
2018 "Perspectives" group show at Gallery of the Boroughs in Northboro, Massachusetts.
2018 solo show at Fern’s Country Store in Carlisle, Massachusetts.
Hillary Levin, "Energy Abounds in Person and on Canvas", Littleton Independent, March 10, 1988
Rick Sobey, “New life in sight for an old city gem”, Lowell Sun, April 15, 2018