I was born and raised in Manhattan and was formally trained in art as a teen at the High School of Music and Art. I continued my fine art studies at Purchase College and the School of Visual Arts in New York.
I moved to Brussels, Belgium at 21, where I began my training in antique restoration. I returned to college and earned a BFA in Restoration at F.I.T., New York. For nearly two decades, I professionally restored and conserved antique wooden objects with a focus on fine antique gilded-wood frames. In 2009, I completed two major conservation projects for the permanent collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
My mixed media painting is based on elaborate, intuitive, and pictorial gestures. My work incorporates a variety of textures, colors, and diverse layers, which alternate consecutive, conscious, deliberate, and unpredictable interventions.
The material of my paintings is obtained primarily by the use and subtle mixture of highly pigmented oil paint and cold wax medium.
This mixture allows my work to evolve through complex processes of superimposition, using additive and subtractive techniques throughout their creation. The stable substrate supports my expressive mark-making and the diverse stratification. The poetic palettes, matte finish, and textural surface treatments often borrow from the beauty of aged surfaces, weathering, and abrasions left visible by the scouring of time.
My paintings develop intuitively and appeal to the tactile dimension of perception. I draw inspiration from the conscious and unconscious mind, and through half a century of visual memories and emotional experiences. The abstract space that emerges from my practice suggests reminiscences and deliberate quotations from American historical abstraction, which I revisit in the blurred, vacillating, and elusive light of our modernity.