BIO & STATEMENT
I was 20 yrs. old in 1970 and convinced that my dream of becoming a celebrated Rock Musician was imminent, after all our band was opening concerts for Bruce Springsteen and we were both under the same management. Why shouldn't I leave The Art Students League and follow my passion? Several years later The Boss moved on, our band broke up and a decade of Asbury Park cover bands and disheartening day jobs ensued. By 1982, frustrated, disillusioned and depressed the guitar was put away permanently.
In the years to come, my art became centered on the interior and grounds of our house. I designed and built a pond, pool, gardens, stone walls, patios, wood paneled rooms with extravagant millwork, two kitchens, two living rooms, a great room with cathedral ceiling and an ornate Irish pub. Every room is filled with heavily carved antiques. My designs are based on ecclesiastical and old world style which directly affects my current artwork.
The 19th century narrative illustrations of Gustave Dore has become a primary source for inspiration. My preferred medium is black and white charcoal on toned, primed or black paper. When color is absolutely necessary Prismacolor pencil is used.
Once a concept or image has been chosen, the paper is selected accordingly. NO preliminary sketches are made so I'm never quite sure how the finished drawing will appear. A single image is drawn then developed, always being conscious of composition, visual appeal and subject matter (which can change) Thankfully charcoal erases easily due to constant revisions and tonal adjustments. All my artwork is meant to be thought provoking and open to multiple interpretations. Ambiguity is essential to give our lives open-endedness and possibility. The author Calum McCann said it best "Keep yourself away from answers, but alive in the middle of the question"
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