Having spent my early childhood growing up in the Bronx, NYC, and then frequently re-turning, I experienced the birth of graffiti art. I came to love the multi-layers of cracked and flaking walls, spray painted tags and images, often covered with various posters, cre-ating wild abstractions as they all mixed and deteriorated with weather and time. After years of painting traditional portraits, I was attracted to the idea of incorporating that look into my art. As a person who grew up in and became part of the radical turmoil of the late 60's early 70's, as well as having gone through personal upheaval and change, the idea of using this influence to express the wrenching of order out of chaos, felt very relevant. It feels even more so today with the existential dangers the world currently faces and the possibility of a bright or bleak future. The strength and dignity I try and bring to my sub-jects as they move through turmoil is an expression of the potential to transform chaos into something new and positive.
Since childhood I've taken many art classes, including pursuing an unfinished major in fi-ne arts at Kent State University. I also attended art classes at Cornell University, Columbus College of Art and Design, and Cleveland Institute of Art. In Ohio I have exhibited at Spaces, the LOOP, the Sin Factory, The Gallery at Lakeland, and Larchmere Arts. I was chosen as one of two artists by the Cleveland West Art League for their summer show at the West 78th St. Studios. I won Best in Show and the UH Purchase Award In a juried ex-hibit at the Trudy Weissenberg Gallery. I have a painting on permanent exhibit at the Uni-versity Hospitals corporate office and in the Bernhardt Art Gallery collection in Michigan.