Growing up I remember sitting at the table with my father. When the sun would shine in through the trees outside, he would always ask, “How would you paint that?”. That has always stuck with me and I have been fascinated with the effects of light on objects and what can’t be seen in the absence of light.
I have worked for over fifteen years as a professional artist and oil painter. As a painter I have worked in the studios of Mark Kostabi, a leading figure in the East Village art movement of the 80’s, as well as Douglas Davis, an innovative and controversial multimedia artist.
In 2001 I decided to leave NY and move to Buffalo in order to concentrate on the development of my own body of work.
One of the first artists I was influenced by was Caravaggio. I saw a reproduction of one of his works when I was younger and there was something about the dramatic lighting and figures fading into the background that struck me. I also looked at a lot of art books, especially a book on Leonardo da Vinci that had a large image of The Last Super. I was fascinated by the parts of the painting where the wall had crumbled or worn away but you could still imagine the rest of the figures.