I love the smell of oil – the buttery texture and the depth of texture you get with it.
Much of my art concerns itself with the essential but unacknowledged connection we have with the everyday objects that inhabit our lives, whose fleeting beauty we may barely notice. In painting a still life, I aim to ‘still’ or open a moment in time to allow both the artist and the viewer an opportunity to stop and remain quiet, and to experience the reality of the present moment.
Why do I “do” artwork? It’s very difficult for me to answer this question, because it’s like trying to explain something intrinsic to my being. It’s not something I can account for logically, as the impulse to paint arises more or less organically.
Born in the US, I moved to Europe at 19, living in Germany and France, where I enrolled at the American College in Paris. Later, as an art student at UCLA, I studied with noted abstract artist Richard Diebenkorn, who came to define the California school of Abstract Expressionism of the early 1950s.