The artist Banerjee, who taught my first art class (at Parsons), changed my life when he said that drawing was like “dancing on paper”. As one who lives to dance I for many years saw my paintings as “choreography for paint on canvas”. This attitude and innate musicality has informed all my work. In time I have come to understand that I dance to live, which also means that the making of art is the fullest expression of my life.
I was always deeply moved by the Abstract Expressionists; teen-age visits to MOMA and later to the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo where I reveled in feeling the presence of the artist in each work. I would slowly take in a work, move on but have to return again and again, always finding more to explore, new ways to see the painting – those paintings took hold of me. From childhood, I have responded most to artwork that reveals the hand of the artist.
I was mentored by artist Jean Cohen, the 2nd generation Abstract Expressionist who won my trust with her assertion that our culture was over-run with images, she was uninterested in paintings that weren’t authentic expressions of the artist…and she patiently guided me to discover myself in paint.
Over time I have worked in different media and subject matter – drawing, collage, life drawing and landscape. What they all share, inescapably, is an abstraction of the regarded image in a strong composition. In moving between media, I recognized myself to be, above all, an Expressionist.