About

My paintings explore painterly invention and particularity of place. I am a landscape painter who works from direct observation, from memory and from existing work. Painting intuitively constructed landscapes, I am looking for a metaphoric, poetic presence, rather than a literal representation of nature. I am developing a vocabulary of flatness and abstraction which co-exists with the depiction of a perceived, representational space.

 

As my relationship to place evolves, my work shifts toward abstraction. The winter landscape and the movement of water, in particular, present a simplified and mysterious bridge for me to explore this shift. Painting in Upstate New York and Scandinavia, "the North” has become a discrete element in my work.

 

It starts with looking at life. I stand in the landscape at my easel looking for an unusual light, structure, or form. The focus is on what I see, not on what I think I see. Invention is also part of my process. Color may be a metaphor for the actual color:  A poetic, intuitive stand-in suggested by the tone and intensity of the local color.

 

In the studio I sometimes work from my own paintings, imagining the transience of light and letting the painting’s progress inform its direction. Painting perceptually and with invention, I aim to create whole, uplifting statements.

Education

1996 - 2000

1986 - 1990

Full-time certificate painting program at the New York Studio School

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Rhode Island School of Design

Employment

On-going

2007 – present

2017 – present 

2005 – 2017

2003 – 2004, 15

Private, small-group classes on Zoom

Instructor, The Art Students League, NY

Instructor, The New York School of the Arts, NY 

Instructor, The National Academy School of Fine Art, NY

Instructor, New York Studio School, NY

Selected Exhibitions

2022   Solo Show: Works on Paper, Pamela Salisbury Gallery, Hudson, NY

2022    Light of Day curated by Karen Wilkin, Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY

2022    Boom Contemporary on Artsy.net, Virtual Gallery

2021    Faculty Exhibition, The Art Students League, NY

2021    Mohawk Hudson Regional, Albany Center Gallery and Opalka Gallery, Albany, NY

2020    Faculty Exhibition, The Art Students League, NY

2020    Faculty Exhibition, The New York School of the Arts, NY

2019    Two Person Show, West Kortright Centre, East Meredith, NY

2018    Solo Show: Inland Sea, The 360 Space, New York, NY

2017    Two Person Show: Johannes Larsen’s Legacy, Johannes Larsen Museum, Denmark

2016    Solo Show: My Scandinavia, Trygve Lie Gallery, New York, NY

2015    Two Person Show: Catskill Paintings, Arkville, NY

2014    Solo Show: Townhouse.bz Showroom, Brooklyn, NY

2014    City as Subject, Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY

2014    Solo Show: Landscape Paintings, West Kortright Centre, East Meredith, NY

2013    Solo Show: Getting Outside, Charles P. Sifton Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2013    Art and Architecture, National Academy School, New York, NY

2013    Kunstsymposium Exhibit, Austevoll, Norway

2012    Solo Show, Nordisk Informationskontor, Flensborg, Germany

2012    60 Artists/60 Years, Washington Art Association, Washington Depot, CT

2011    Maine as Muse, Lohin Geduld Gallery, New York, NY

2011    Landscape Reimagined, Purume Gallery, New York, NY

2010    Perception/Observation, LIU Brooklyn Campus, Brooklyn, NY

2010    Local Color, Gallery North, Setauket, NY

2010    Eight Views, Washington Art Association, Washington Depot, CT

2009    Governors Island Art Fair, New York, NY

2009    Watercurrents: Water, The Painting Center, New York, NY

2009    Open City, Juror: Sean Scully, New York Studio School, New York, NY

2009    Two Person Show, Galleri Nordskov, Denmark

2008    Painting in the Park, Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, NY

2008    Small Works Invitational, Prince Street Gallery, New York, NY

2008    Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

2008    Behr-Thyssen Gallery, New York, NY

2007    NYSS Alumni Show: From Governors Island, Juror: Lois Dodd, New York, NY

2007    Solo show, Johannes Larsen Museum, Kerteminde, Denmark

2007    Two-person show, Galleri Varming, Copenhagen, Denmark

2007    MAEF Winners’ Circle, The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD

2007    Solo Show, Bruno Marina Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2007    Fluid Fields, curated by Susan Shatter, The Painting Center, New York, NY

2006    Bowery Gallery Juried Show, Juror: Lois Dodd; New York, NY

2006    Watercurrents: The Figure, Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, NY

2006    CB Richard Ellis Corporate Office, New York, NY

2005    Bowery Gallery Juried Show, Juror: Bill Jensen; New York, NY

2005    Watercurrents, Kouros Gallery, New York, NY

2005    Tri County Small Works Exhibit, Juror: Louis Newman, Cobleskill, NY

2005    Kamilla Talbot, Washington Art Association, Washington Depot, CT

2004    Identity Crisis, Delta Axis Gallery, Memphis, TN

2004    MAEF Winners’ Circle, The Walter’s Art Museum, Baltimore, MD

2004    NYSS Alumni Show, Juror: James Hyde; Parker’s Box, Brooklyn, NY

2004    Drawing from Perception V, Juror Charles Cajori; Wright State University,  OH

2004    Celebrating Color, Gallery North, Setauket, NY

2003    Landmalerne, Konservesgaarden, Faaborg Museum, Faaborg, Denmark

2003    Alumni Exhibition, Juror: Bill Jensen; New York Studio School Gallery, NY

2003    Easter Show, Lønstrup Gallery, Lønstrup, Denmark

2002    Solo show, Johannes Larsen Museum, Kerteminde, Denmark

2002    Undoing the Landscape, Curators: Ying Li and Jin Lee; The Painting Center, NY

2002    The Objective Landscape, Curator: Keith Miller; Gallery North, Setauket, NY

2001    Bowery Gallery Juried Show, Juror: Janet Fish; New York, NY

2001    Maryland Artists Equity Foundation Winners’ Circle Juried Exhibition,

              The Baltimore Museum of Art, Thalheimer Gallery, Baltimore, MD

Recognition and Grants

2021    Russel Sage College Award, Mohawk Hudson Regional

2014    Visiting Artist, Hunter College, NY

2014    Month-long residency at the Heliker-LaHotan Residency, Maine

2013    Borgo Finochietto Residency, Buonconvento Siena, Italy

2013    Austevoll Residency, full fellowship, Marstein Fyr, Norway

2007-2014    Artist in Residence, The National Park Service, Governors Island New York

2006    Month-long residency at the Heliker-LaHotan Residency, Maine

2005    Klaustrid residency, Eastern Iceland

2003    Two-month residency at the Pouch Cove Foundation, Newfoundland, Canada

2002    Month-long residency at the Artists’ Enclave at I-Park, East Haddam, CT

2001    Philip Guston full fellowship for month-long residency at the Vermont Studio Center

2001    Artist’s grant for month-long residency at the Vermont Studio Center

2001    Two month residency in the World Trade Center, Studioscapes program

               Sponsored by The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

2000    Merit Award in Painting, New York Studio School

1999    Summer program full tuition scholarship, New York Studio School

1998    Merit Award and partial tuition scholarship, Avery Foundation, NYSS

Publications

2022    Karen Wilkin essay for Light of Day Exhibition

2016    John Goodrich review in OnViewAt.com

2015    Book: Just Add Watercolor by Helen Birch

2008    Book: The Unpicturelikeness of Pollock, Soutine and Others: Selected Writings
               and Talks by Louis Finkelstein

2007    John Goodrich review in The New York Sun

2007    Icelandic Inspirations by Preben Winther in Kunstavisen

2004    Book: Site Matters, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s WTC Residency

Corporate and Museum Collections

Alcan–Novelis, Atlanta GA 

Bessemer Trust, New York

Fireman’s Fund McGee Insurance, New York

Johannes Larsen Museum, Denmark

Medidata, New York

Wells Fargo, New York