Monday, November 04, 2013

Face Time: New Portraiture Now

Opens this Friday, November 8th

Ground Floor Gallery
343 5th Street
Brooklyn, NY (map)

I am pleased to be participating in this show at Ground Floor Gallery that opens on Friday. "Face Time: New Portraiture Now" is a mixed-media exploration of contemporary portraiture featuring Elizabeth Colomba, and artists Damali Abrams, Brendan Carroll, Alexis Duque, Lori Nelson, Tim Okamura, Iviva Olenick, Katelyn Alain and Barry Shepherd.

"Face Time: New Portraiture Now" will be on view from November 8 - December 8, 2013.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Gowanus Open Studios October 19, 20

Detail shot from the latest canvas.
It's once again time for Gowanus Open Studios where over 200 artists will be opening their doors to the public. I look forward to welcoming you to my studio.

When: October 19 and 20
Time: 12-6 PM
Where: 98 9th Street or enter at 75A 10th Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn. I am in Studio 22 .

By train: F/G to Smith/9th Street and cross the canal. Also, F or R train to 4th Ave./9th st. and head down the hill to 98 9th Street.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Some Thoughts On Painting Reality

I spend much of my time contemplating sight and the way my brain perceives the information before me. I think about how I can make painting a more accurate reflection of my experience in this world. I think about how we observe nature as outside of ourselves, but we are also nature. I think about the strangeness of life and the extreme beauty that surrounds us. I wonder about the world and most often wonder about how to make my work more true to life. And by that I don't mean more traditionally representational. I mean more accurate to the strangeness of my own experience.

My work has always been in some way representational. But most people have a hard time categorizing my paintings. Even I am not sure what category they should fit into. This, I think, is because I'm not focused on creating a specific type of art or in mimicking a specific style that already exists. I am instead focused on finding a better way to communicate my reality. My goal is not to replicate the world simply as the eye sees. While a worthy task for some, that has never been my aim. It is the brain that alters and informs the eye. And it is what the brain does with visual and other sensory information that is the most essential element of the reality that I document.

Our personal truth is rooted in our interpretation of things. In the passing of time, the brain distills and alters our understanding. It keeps the essential. It elevates the mundane. It also has a tendency to fail completely or remember falsely. What is it then that we are recording as painters if we want to record reality?  Is it not the brain's emotional response to the information that hits our retina? Painting is about what we take away from what we see. It is about what makes our understanding of the world truly our own. It is about finding and recording a deeper truth, and finding an alternate path to discovering and sharing our true selves. Abstraction and ambiguity is a very real part of sight and memory. Why should it not be recorded as such when we represent reality in two dimensions? What we see before us and what we take away are two different things. What is more real?

Reality is a fickle thing. Time moves relentlessly onward. As time passes, I find myself with ever more questions. Is it possible to use paint to find out more about how we see and remember? How do I translate the abstraction of the brain into color and form? What element of reality am I expressing when I paint intuitively? Can I interpret the way my brain distills fragmented thoughts?  Can it become a true documentation or a true embodiment of a persona through portraiture? How is time recorded in the mind through the act of seeing? Painting with these questions presents new challenges and new approaches to my process. And thus my studio work continues.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


oil on canvas

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Studio Today


60x48 inches
oil on canvas

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Single Fare 3

Single Fare 3

February 13 - February 22, 2013
This third annual exhibition invites artists to make work on a tiny, innocuous piece of plastic: the New York City MetroCard!

RH Gallery 

Opening Reception:
Wednesday, February 13, 6-9pm

Saturday, January 26, 2013

And so I let him out into the world.

oil on canvas
30x40 inches