I grew up in Levittown, Pennsylvania, a suburb in beautiful Bucks County, just outside of Philadelphia. After recieving an Associate of Arts degree from Bucks County Community College, I transferred to Rhode Island School of Design, where I graduated in 1981. Immediately following my graduation I moved to Boothbay, Maine, where I've been living ever since.
Working with a stockpile of paper I've collected over the years, I compose imagery with a paint and collage synthesis. Sometimes this process leads me to found objects finding their way into assemblages. Interpretive mixed media is a fairly accurate description of my work.
As long as I can remember I've felt compelled to express myself through drawing and painting. Along with most artists, I enjoy making the marks that state "I am here." Interpreting my visual experience is gratifying soul work, helping me feel connected to myself. I've been influenced by many other artists who seem to share this need to make personal what is common experience, and interpret what is uniquely special, nuanced, intangible, and miraculous about life. Some of them share my intrigue with seeking the essence, reducing to the purest of forms, the complexities in nature. Early on I was inspired by the Fauvists, Russian and German Expressionists, and modern abstract & Cubist painters, like Paul Klee, Kandinsky, Matisse, and the Group of Seven. I feel a kindred spirit when viewing works by more contemporary artists such as David Hockney, Alex Katz, Katherine Bradford, and Maine painter Philip Barter.