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BIOGRAPHY

 

        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.

 

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