b. Basking Ridge, New Jersey
Not exactly inspired with my figure-drawing class at SVA, a subconscious force prompted me to go down to the hardware store and purchase masking tape and spray paint. I created my first “layers” painting that day in the style which I currently work, and I am no longer uninspired (with anything!). I paint with tape. Tape is the vehicle which allows me to express myself with color and movement. Often the final top surface is taken down to layers below by sanding and scratching. This is where the character of the painting is built--revealing the intertwining, unwinding textural layers underneath. I alternate painted acrylic layers with tape placed in strategic areas, sometimes up to 12 layers on a piece. Every color represents a layer of color until the final reveal when all the tape is removed. Although the fluidity of the pieces may appear to be random, they are planned, with the flow of color depending on my emotions. Nothing is airbrushed, and upon closer inspection, one is able to see and feel the complex and emotional intensity that each layer reveals.
My paintings are on wood or canvas containing abstract, lineaMr, or graphic layers still using tape, but brush applied acrylic. I derive inspiration from sound whether musically or ambient mixed with movement from the wind. A notable influence is Brice Marden. I have been exhibiting my art since 1998, and live and work in New York City.