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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: floral still life, interior painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is from the artist who lives in Shushan, New York:

Education:
MA College of St Rose, Albany, NY, (1982)
BA Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (1973)
High School Hackley School, Tarrytown, NY

Independent Study:
Seven Months Painting in Tuscany and Sicily, 2002
Art Students' League, New York, NY
Studied with David A. Leffel and Terence Coyle

Grants:
Fellowship to Adamant Community Cultural Fdn., Adamant, VT (1989)

Publications:
Feature Article, "TO BE ANNOUNCED," The Artist's Magazine, May, 2011
Feature Article, "A Studio Worthy of Rockwell," Studios Magazine, September, 2009
Feature Article, "Coming Into the Light," Glens Falls Post Star, May 12, 2009
Featured Artist, American Artist Magazine, December, 2006
Featured Artist in Art Collector Magazine, July, 2006
Featured Artist, American Art Collector, August, 2006
Featured Artist in Artist Magazine 2005 Calendar
“Allegories,” John Pence Gallery, Editor, 2004
“Nudes,” John Pence Gallery, Editor, 2003
“Self Portraits,” John Pence Gallery, Editor, 2003
"Still Lifes, Florals and Interiors," Editor, John Pence Gallery 2002
"Master Painters of the World" International Artist Magazine, August-September, 2002
"Sunflowers in a Chinese Vase"(24"x36" print), Portal Publications, Worldwide release, 2001
Featured Artist in International Artist Magazine, February-March, 2001
Cover artist and feature article in 'The Scene" Glens Falls Post-Star, November, 2000
Cover artist and feature article in American Artist Magazine, May, 1999
Profiled in Adirondack Life Magazine, April, 1992 Profiled in New York Art Review, 1991 Annual

Awards:
2009  Honorable Mention Award, 110th Annual Exhibiting Artist Members' Exhibition, National Arts Club, NYC
2008  Helen DeCozen Award for a Floral, Grand National Exhibition, American Artists Professional League, NYC
2008  Visual Arts Program Award, National Arts Club Online Exhibition
2007  Crimson Atelier, Inc. Award, American Artist Professional League, NYC
2006 First Prize, Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists,”Faces of Winter”Show
2005 Visual Arts Award, National Arts Club Online Exhibition
2005 Frank C. Wright Award, Hudson Valley Art Association, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
2004 Finalist, The Artists Magazine 2004 Art Competition
2000 American Artists Funds Award, Grand National Exhibition,
American Artists Professional League, NYC
2000 Best Traditional Oil Award, Salmagundi Club Annual Members Show, NYC
2000 Finalist, The Artists Magazine 2000 Art Competition
1995 Director's Award, Oil Painters of America, San Antonio, TX
1995 Best of Show, Master's Division, Central Adirondack Annual, Old Forge, NY
1994 Council of American Artists Societies Peter Matulavage Memorial Award,
American Artists Professional League, NYC
1994 Carleton Wiggins Memorial Award, Salmagundi Club Annual Members Show, NYC
1993 Certificate of Merit Knickerbocker Artists USA Annual National, Washington DC
1993 Samuel T. Shaw Memorial Award, Salmagundi Club Annual Members Show, NYC
1993 Donald Donaldson Memorial Award Salmagundi Club Annual Thumb Box Show, NYC
1993 First Prize, North Country Council of the Arts Annual, Glens Falls, NY
1992 Elected to Immediate Membership, Hudson Valley Art Association Annual, White Plains, NY

Solo Exhibitions:
2010  Spa Fine Art Gallery, Saratoga, NY
2010  Grand Gallery, National Arts Club, NYC,NY
2006  Quidley and Company, Nantucket, MA
2006  "Drawings", Spring Studio, New York, NY
2005 Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, VT
2004 John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2001 Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, VT
1999 Villa Serbelloni, Rockefeller Study Center, Bellagio, Italy
1998 Wesley Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY
1995 Georgi Museum, Shushan, NY
1995 Red Piano Gallery, Hilton Head, SC
1994, 1991 Beside Myself Gallery, Manchester, VT
1993, 1991 Capital District Community Center, Albany, NY
1993, 1990 South Vermont Art Center, Manchester, VT
1992, 1990 Ginofor Gallery, Cambridge, NY
1992 Hubbard Hall Art Gallery, Cambridge, NY
1991, 1988 Greenwich Free Library, Greenwich, NY
1991 Steuben Club, Albany, NY
1989 Benefit Exhibition for "Our Brothers' Keepers" Albany, NY

Group Exhibitions:
2006-2004 National Arts Club, Annual Exhibiting Members Show, New York, NY
2003 Salmagundi Club, Thumb Box Exhibition, New York, NY
2003 John Pence Gallery, Invitational, “Self-Portraits,” San Francisco, CA
2003 John Pence Gallery, Invitational, “Nudes,” San Francisco, CA
2002 John Pence Gallery, Invitational, San Francisco, CA
2000-1993 American Artists Professional League, NYC
2000-1992 Salmagundi Club, NYC
2000-1989 So. Vermont Art Center, Manchester, VT Annual Open
2000 Audubon Artists, NYC
1999 Hudson Valley Art Association Annual, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
1997 Akron Society of Artists, Akron, OH
1996-1987 Central Adirondack Masters Show, Old Forge, NY
1995-1987 North County Council of the Arts Annual, Glens Falls, NY,
1995 Oil Painters of America, San Antonio, TX
1995-1994 Springfield Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA
1993 Knickerbocker Artists USA, Washington DC
1992 Allied Artists, National Arts Club, NYC
1991 Hudson Valley Art Association Annual, White Plains, NY
1990-1987 Adirondack Life Exhibition, Lake Placid, NY
1990 International Show - Ariel Gallery, Soho, NYC

Professional Affiliations:
National Arts Club, New York, NY
Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
American Artists Professional League, Inc., New York, NY
Audubon Artists, New York, NY
Hudson Valley Art Association, NY
Southern Vermont Artists, Inc., Manchester, VT
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Artist Statements:

My painting is always about passion. My passion for the subject, my passion for the composition, my passion for the tactile sensation of painting. I want viewers to see what I see ... the concept of each painting. Whether it's the beauty of a pose or the beauty of the body, I want them to see that concept. Sometimes the concept is about color, sometimes the composition, or sometimes there's a situation that the viewer has to decipher.

I want my paintings to be more than average representations of life. I want the viewer to react and see a humanness and the subtle romance of life: to see that exquisite human quality, that jubilant, timeless combination of strength and frailty, that beauty and grace in all of us and our environment.

I strive for honesty in my paintings, in my pursuit of creating beauty. For me, grace and movement are the most important aspects of this pursuit.

*****

I started painting seriously when I was thirteen years old. I had a wonderful teacher named Virginia Hawkins. She was very patient with me - firm, and knowing, but patient. I studied with her for four years, and for some of that time, every day. She took me to museums. She'd explain and talk about every kind of art. She didn't have prejudices against different idioms, such as modern art or primitive art. She had a passion and a joy in life. That rubbed off on me.

Now, I relate everything I do in my life to my art. Walking and eating, I think of painting. How can I incorporate this landscape, or this food into my work? As an artist, I will never reach a pinnacle; I am constantly searching and growing, constantly moving.

I grind my own pigments and stretch my own canvas in order to become closer to the actual materials of painting. I care about what I do. I paint subjects only from life. I paint from my response to the subject, from my heart. I paint what I love.

*****

I first studied painting seriously while attending the Hackley School in Tarrytown, New York, where I received the Sherman Prize for Excellence in Art upon graduation. I received my bachelor's degree from Skidmore College and master's degree from the College of Saint Rose. I also studied at the Art Students League with David A. Leffel and Terrence Coyle.


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