Art is a reflection of who we are, and I am a lover of life and of people: their character, their colors, their shapes. I love cities and the people who move around them.
Color has been integral to my life as well: my grandfather was a painter, my mother taught me about subtle shades of color, my son had a keen eye for color as a young child. It tells a story. It can be bold and it can be gentle. Even “Down in the Subway” has color. Though seemingly all black, the faces have a variety of shades, as they do in all New York City subway cars. The new Second Avenue Subway’s motto is E PLURIBUS UNUM, once the motto of our country. That’s who we are and that’s what I want everyone to see, sometimes serious, sometimes whimsical, always different shades of humanity.
The artist I most admire is Jacob Lawrence, for he tells the story of his people’s migration from the agrarian south to the industrial north. He uses bold colors and the movement of their bodies to tell of their struggle for a better life.
While I’ve been creating images for most of my life, I’ve only just begun my formal art training, with Carol Dixon. I learn not only from her, but from Mary and Kathryn and Katia, my supportive classmates.
I want to thank everyone who has encouraged me along the way and given me the courage to display my work.