I began painting in the late 1990s and since then have mostly focused on figurative work. In 2016, I moved to Florence for a year and took a series of classes and workshops at the Florence Academy of Art. Since 2017, I have taken various classes and workshops at the Grand Central Atelier in New York.
Over the years I've been inspired by a range of artists in styles ranging from abstract to figurative. As a practitioner I am drawn to figurative art in part because I find the technical challenges compelling but more importantly because well crafted paintings inspire such an immediate human connection. There is tremendous emotion and feeling in a well-composed and executed figurative painting.
I paint from life as much as possible, most frequently in plein air landscapes and still lifes. On occasion I paint portraits using photographic references, but this is out of consideration for the sitter. I much prefer to work from life if possible.
Other paintings are shown under the "Italy" section of this site, which show work during my year in Florence.