Artist Statement

Clementines - 10x8 - oil on canvas (Jan 2014)

Clementines – 10×8 – oil on canvas (Jan 2014)

I try to access that sense of excitement and wonder in the sheer reality of existence that we have as children and so often lose as adults. That all the things we see-hear-feel-touch and taste exist at all is a truly marvelous experience, which I try to express in my work.

I use both oils and ink, focusing on the natural world in the Hudson Valley; but much of my art is informed by many artistic and cultural experiences in the Near East and South Asia.

My use of color comes from my life-long involvement with India and its sensual barrage of smells, sounds and vibrant tropical palette. My fascination with the detailed use of line from an appreciation of Persian and Mughal miniatures.

In addition, I find that the tactile quality of thick paint lavishly applied helps express emotional depth within a scene, while the use of line activates the kinetic sense of time moving on. I try to harness all of these elements to express just how wonderful existence can be.

Big Wide World (36×36, oil on canvas, Aug 2015)