My work is multidisciplinary. I create abstract paintings on linen, multi-media installations, and mixed media work on paper.
After leaving the School of Visual Arts, I experimented with various styles from figurative to abstract. I also had a strong interest in film making and theater and in the 1980s I took a short hiatus from pursuing a career in art and began studying film at New York University's School of Continuing Education, co-producing and co-directing a documentary film shown on PBS in 1981. The film, Louie, was featured in the New York Times television section and reviewed in regional publications. I went on to study and direct several plays at the T. Schreiber Studio and the Ensemble Studio Theatre Institute.
In 1990 I returned to painting, experimenting with color, line, movement and geometric forms.
Color is the defining element in my work. My influences are color field painting and minimalism. My goal now is to present a purely visual space in which color and line are combined to create the illusion of movement and to elicit a visceral response.
I begin with several small drawings on paper, trying out various color combinations. One drawing is chosen as a starting point, leaving room for improvising as it is transformed into a large painting. Taping is used to achieve precise edges and the surface is built up by applying several thin layers of oil paint over an acrylic base on primed linen.
I usually work in series of four to six paintings.
My drawings fall into three categories: conceptualizing my paintings, drawing from life (my sketchbooks) and impromptu - a getting down on paper whatever comes to mind and where my hand might lead. For these I work chiefly on watercolor and printmaking paper. I like the feel of these papers and the drawings are in a variety of media.
My first two installations drew on my studies in film and theater which enabled me to work with actors, writers, musicians and programmers in creating scenes from a photographer's studio and a gym within the gallery space to tell a story and invite feedback via the internet. My third installation was a collaboration with Boston University's Scientific Computing and Visualization Group in conceiving and producing a virtual world.