I was born on the Lower East Side of New York and first learned the painter’s craft from my father, who had studied with Reginald Marsh. The social commentary evident in Marsh’s and my father’s work greatly influenced me. Like them, my work is grounded in an appreciation of the human condition.
I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Binghamton University in New York in 1976 and then studied for the next three years with Vaclav Vytlacil at the Art Student’s League in New York. It was at that time that I met the graphic artist and sculptor Leonard Baskin. As a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters he nominated me for the Painters Group Show of 1998. Among the notable artists that joined Baskin on the panel in voting for me were Jacob Lawrence and George Segal.
In recent work, I am experimenting with a mixed technique in which I employ the use of tempera and oil and wax emulsion in combination, resulting in an emergent quality that I liken to “figures in the process of becoming.”