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.
My family has a creative heritage- I learned basic watercolors from my mother who loved nature and God. We were fortunate to grow up in an idyllic natural setting with woods, fields, and a river- which was hi-octane fuel for my imagination. I loved birds in particular, which became the subjects of my first paintings.
Being inclined to religion and spirituality, my early inspiration was to express this in figures, as a way to get to some sense of expanded awareness beyond the physical.
I continued working on more hired projects too. First it was graphics and signage, including a lot of vehicles and airbrushing. This evolved to include scenics for trade shows, real estate displays, and eventually many backdrops for film, theater, and advertising photography.
Currently, my outside studio work is mostly interior house-painting commissions, often involving decorative effects, imitation surfaces, and sometimes landscape murals. I also continue a regular long-time practice of food and floral illustrations for editorial and advertising projects.
With this general workflow, I had to adapt early on to a diversity of mediums, surfaces, and job requirements, and this kindled in me a true love for materials and experimentation.
As I continued on this dual path- it became established in me a strong sense of art as first and foremost, the creation of something alive and functional, a portal for communication.
In art historical terms, I see the substance of my own paintings and the evolution of my pictorial styles as being based from the early traditions of religious art. Meaning- where realist, symbolist, and visionary conceptions are combined in service to a particular message.
As an overall direction while working, my aim is to listen for that message, that guiding hand- rather than imposing upon the inspiration. In practice, hopefully some balance takes over between any methodical approach or execution, and the spontaneous delivery without conscious interference of that which cannot be planned, but only witnessed..
Sometimes I begin work on the spur of the moment, with no particular image or subject in mind, and employing a random surface and fresh leftover paint. Invariably, a subject or theme emerges, which in turn suggests a direction towards completion, which I then follow.
I mostly use quick-drying water-based paints- particularly acrylics and watercolors for this workflow, which allows for the rapid layering, the chance effect, and easy removal if desired to reveal hidden form.
I use all sorts of tools and methods and technology- new and old, when developing ideas and projects.
In addition to my imagination, this could be a combination with photo references, and sketching direct from nature- or using projectors or scale renderings.
Digital techniques- including photo manipulation and painting, collage, and inkjet and laser printing, are regularly woven thru out my overall process. Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, and the Camera RAW plugin, are the main programs I use.
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