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.
Influenced by color field and hard edge painting, I returned to painting in 1990 with the goal of presenting a purely visual space in which color, the language of emotion and energy and the defining element in my work, combined with stripes or fluid and geometric shapes create an illusion of movement and rhythm that envelop the viewer, eliciting a visceral response.
I begin with several small sketches on paper, trying out various color combinations. One sketch 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.