A personal goal is to impact all with the beauty of life in its expressive moods while portraying
the subtle nuances of every day life.
Preference for soft pastels is derived from a love of the Impressionistic Era and from a satisfaction
of creating the painting, i.e., sculpting with the sticks of pastels. I manipulate the visual effects by
varying the pressure of application and rotating the stick with usage of the broad side, tip or blunt
end for varied sizes of strokes. Individuals will experience a sense of touch by viewing the sensation
of movement, created by the mass of individualized, layered strokes.
My manner of execution is untraditional. Application of contrasting colors of lights and dark pastels
are applied in alternating layers, with limited mid-tones added in the mid and latter stages of the painting.
I have discovered the underlying layers emanates a reflective quality, giving added depth and greatly
enhances the finished state. The excessive layering also creates the illusion and lushness of oils.
Minimalist settings are utilized, with cropped compositions, which invokes the intimacy and a sense
Many great artists have influenced my work, with a special reverence to Edgar Degas, Manny
Farber, Kiki Smith and John Singer Sargent. Personal impressions from each’s oeuvre have
helped shape my personal thoughts and life.
To summarize, it has become apparent from observation and time that life has become too complex.
The “white and black” of an issue becomes the true essence of life when all else is stripped away.
Thus the beauty of a simple state of being is exhilarating, which I strive for above all.