My experiences as an animator, sign painter, graphic designer and illustrator each contributes to my paintings, which are inspired by old snapshots taken by amateur photographers. In these overlooked and discarded images, I find fascinating moments that are often hastily composed, lopsided, cluttered, ill-timed and misdirected glimpses of unpolished humanity.

To begin a painting, I choose a "canvas" of reclaimed wood whose knots, scars and stains will synchronize with the chosen source image. In the process of designing these pieces, I respond to the the photo by removing some details and inventing others, pulling forth the mystery, humor and pathos. I paints with lettering enamels, which offer dense pigmentation and vivid colors to present a striking contrast to the aged wood. My goal is to create images that expand upon the intrigue of the original found photo, are enhanced by the qualities of the wood, and reanimated in the translation.


Exhibition List:

2016 Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region, Juried Exhibition
The Hyde Museum, Glens Falls NY
Juror: Michael Oatman

2015/16 - Folk Modern
The Art & Culture Program at the Albany Int'l Airport
Curator: Sharon Bates

2015 Fence Select
The Arts Center of the Capital Region
Juror: Julie Lohnes, Curator of Art Collections & Exhibitions at Union College

2015 Slice of Life - Solo Show
Carmen's Cafe, Troy NY

2014 Awkward Visit - Solo Show
The Sand Lake Center for the Arts

2013 Written Response Requested - Group Show
The Albany Public Library
Curator: Judie Gilmore

2013 Fence Select – Award Winner: Runner-up
Arts Center of the Capital Region
Juror: Denise Markonish, curator at MASS MoCA

2010 Fence Select
Arts Center of the Capital Region
Juror: Ian Berry – The Tang Teaching Museum Curator

2006 Solo Show
The Red Gallery, Troy NY

2001 Fence Select – Award Winner
Arts Center of the Capital Region
Juror: Sally Berger – Museum of Modern Art

1995 to 1999
“Odd Art,” Poundcake Gallery,San Francisco, CA
“Strange Manipulations of a Scavenger Savant,” Crucible Steele Gallery, S.F.,CA.


Education:

1984-85 University of Arizona
1983 Pima College, Tucson, AZ
1980 American Academy of Art, Chicago IL
1978-79 Kendall School of Design, Grand Rapids, MI
1975-77 College of Dupage, Glen Ellyn IL