My art studies began in high school, focusing on design,
and continued after graduation on a University level at UC. Courses
for a Ph.D. in Art History, painting and drawing and experiments
in other media led me to an ultimate concentration in studio painting.
After establishing an art studio where I worked as
a painter, I continued my studies at Northwestern University; I
completed my studies in art and theater arts at Roosevelt University.
My work in oil paint on canvas represents more than
one interest. It has evolved from abstract forms to figure art,
landscape and natural forms. My love of Far Eastern art and culture,
and its influence is often present in my work, combining sharp lines
and soft edges. Generally, I am concerned with landscape, still
life and figure studies, where human figures in various settings
often exist independently of their backgrounds. Some works are clearly
involved with theater and dance, catching the movements of figures,
how they interact, and at the same time maintain their separate
spaces --- an interest developed at a very young age, having grown
up among theater artists.
My work is both liberating and demanding. Influences
include Degas, DeChirico, Morandi, Diebenkorn, portrayals of theater
by Ukiyoe print masters, Picasso theater, and the painters and theater
designers of the Russian avant garde. Latin American culture is
another strong influence in my work and the Middle East.
To me, paint is sensuous, flexible, forgiving, and
the use of color, transcending. I feel disconnected when I do not
paint every day. In a modern work where life transcends time,
I am interested in the lives of artists and those involved in the
worlds of art. I seek to discover who we are, what we do,
and how we relate to each other.
To my mind, painting involves the mind and the senses,
and I enjoy being visual and intellectual, without necessarily finding
the right answers.