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, and geometric shapes. Influenced by color field painting, I decided to make color, the language of emotion and energy, the defining element in my paintings.
My goal is to present a purely visual space in which color and line create an illusion of movement and rhythm that envelop the viewer, eliciting 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 to delineate colors. The surface is built up by applying several thin layers of oil paint on a background of tinted, acrylic primed linen.
My drawings fall into three categories: conceptualizing my paintings, drawing from life (my sketchbooks) and impromptu - getting down on paper whatever comes to mind and wherever 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.