Even though I tried to fight it for a long time, I have become convinced that I was born a painter. The seemingly simple act of applying color, line, form, and texture to a surface – awakens something ancient and fundamental in me. Even when I first began painting with some seriousness, as a teenager, the act of painting felt intensely familiar, like something I was born doing, something I had always done, and something I should never stop doing.
Despite this, I did not initially pursue painting as a full-time vocation. Afraid of the risks – and perhaps the vulnerability – inherent in pursuing a career as a visual artist, I devoted my energies to academics in college, then law school, and then to legal practice.
I was engaged in the bustle and the challenge of my work, but as I continued down this path, I found myself increasingly numb, frustrated, and empty. Finally, a health scare and the news of the arrival of my first child forced me to reconsider my priorities. After three years of law school and six years of legal practice, I put in my notice and enrolled in full-time studio coursework at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Fleisher Art Memorial.
Soon after, I began showing and selling work. Soon after that, I visited New Mexico for the first time, and instantly fell in love with the strong spiritual energy, peacefulness, and incredible, intense light of this place. Within a year of that first visit, we had packed up everything we owned in our tiny, Center City row house, and set off on the adventure of a lifetime.
Since arriving in the Southwest, I have been blessed to be able to continue to pursue an intensive, independent studio practice and to exhibit widely in galleries and art centers around the region, from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to Moab, Utah, to Denver, Colorado. My work is now held in private collections across the West. In addition to my studio practice and exhibition calendar, I also teach art in the community, focusing on expressive art-making and the power of art to heal.
Like nothing else, painting allows me to move beyond my day-to-day self and connect with the spontaneous, creative energy underlying and animating all things. I hope that, through my work, you, too, find a connection to a deeper reality and a kind of healing.