So you want to know a little ABOUT me? OK, here goes.
As far back as I can remember I loved to draw. I must have been around 7 or 8 when I received a Jon Nagy drawing kit for Christmas. I just loved it and it came quite easy for me. In looking back I wasn’t quite sure if I liked the art part of it more or just the fact I could create my own solitude by retreating from my 3 good but obnoxious bothers (I mean, shit, I even had to share my birthday on April Fool’s Day with my 1 year older brother!)
When we got too obnoxious my parents would drop us off at my grandparents farm and we would be in 7th heaven! I would draw anything and everything from salt and pepper shakers to a furry kitty to laying on my stomach in the warm grass and sketching that grand old farmhouse.
My prolificness and skills increased as my friends in grade school would pay me in candy to draw sports figures for them. All pretty innocent stuff and I loved the quiet time when I was creating.
I received my MFA (and BFA in 1987) in 1989 from Pratt Institute located in Brooklyn, New York. Being in NYC gives you access to such great sources – including people (artists!), museums, events – and, man, I really soaked it up. I was a museum junkie! (still am).
I ended up living in NYC for a number of years working for a few contemporary art galleries and also doing some studio assistant work for a number of high-profile contemporary artists. I was also creating my own art at the time.
The work I produced at that time was very abstract and reflected my passion for process. I was influenced by so many of my art heroes including: Brice Marden, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Ellsworth Kelly, David Salle, Eric Fischel and others.
A number of years later I ended up re-locating to Massachusetts where I veered more into commercial design and then later corporate consulting with companies like IBM, The Hartford, GE and Xerox.
My artwork did get hidden for a number of years while I focused on my main consulting gigs. Why that happened I’m not so sure but I had bouts of extreme depression that once diagnosed allowed me a stabler existence and things got better.
But my passion is and always has been art and I’m pleased to be giving it a great deal of attention today.
Once I turned 50 or so I picked up a small watercolor set and began to work in a realistic mode. I had not really worked in realism for over 30 years! But it was a new challenge and continues to keep me engaged.
Watercolor was a medium that captured my imagination instantly due to its inherent elusiveness. It was also something I could start immediately and not have to worry about a dedicated studio—I could create virtually anywhere.
I then began a deeper study into the craft by attending workshops, studying contemporary watercolor artists and making and destroying many, many pieces. My work now would be considered a loose, atmospheric style that hints and suggests the essence and mystery of a location.
I currently live in Northfield, MA with my wife, Catherine, and our little, rambunctious kitty, Cosmo.