“2019 ~ September thru December - (4 month Residency) Carter Burden Network/ L. Covello invited me back once again to their Artist in Residency Program in East Harlem. I shared the AIR with with Professor Ellen Wallenstein.” My Studio Mate Professor Ellen Wallenstein and I had our Artist Talk and Reception January 27th, 2020. Exhibited 30 of my pieces on view until March 4th, 2020.
"2017 ~ November thru December, I was fortunate to be invited back to a second - Carter Burden Network’s, [ Artist in Residence Program] ” Artist Talk January 2018.
(1st Residency -November thru December 2016)
*Since 2001-2019, It has been my greatest pleasure to have been instructed by painter, my friend and my mentor at 92Y Art School ~ Brian Rutenberg. He who taught me " An eye not told what to see, sees more".
For many years, I concentrated on traditional landscapes in a large format. I used my own photographs and sketches as the basis for my work. Photography has been one of my many passions throughout the years
In 2011, I added smaller canvases and a new technique. My new approach can either start with pencil applied directly to canvas or at some other point. I then use palette knife and brush or objects to create an abstract landscape...At 'that' point in the process I search for figurative suggestions and movement within the paint. Finally, in delicately rendered marks, I address the details of the landscape Unfailingly, music helps and guides me as I work.
The process requirers time. I find that I am spending many weeks on a relatively small 8x10 canvas in between painting larger paintings at the same time. Yet for me, the rewards are incalculably rich. Exhilarating freedom, confidence-inspiring command.
Also, the process with Mono-Types Printing, is similar, in which I can spend much time adding to my original print. Collage has become a go to medium for me for the last 5 years using my own prints to add to backdrop prints
*2004 & 2005- two consecutive summer sessions at the 92Y Artist Residencies in Pinzolo, Italy; Painting and Drawing and water color en Plein Air.
*November/December 2016/2017 - - 2 month Aritist in Residence - Carter Burden/Leonard Covello Center - NYC - Painting, Drawing, Mono-Printing. Multi- Media, Collage,
2010-2014 Studied Sculpture and Ceramics/Oil Painting and Drawing at 92Y School of the Arts. *2
*1978 - An intensive program at The New School for Social Research, NYC. Sculpture, Ceramics taught by Donald Mavros.
My latest obsession is enjoying the mysteries of Mono-Printing at the Salmagundi Club and Carter Burden Network/L. Covello. Collage has now entered the picture, mixing Mon- Prints with mixed media, PanPastel and Pen & Ink, for me it has taken Printing to a new level.
*My Oil Paintings and Pottery have been exhibited in over 27 Juried Shows at the Weill Art Gallery, Manhattan.
*Large Landscape Oil Painting, Exhibited at "The Lawrence Rockefeller Antique and Art Gallery", Lew Beach, New York - In the Catskills.
*December, 2012, The French Consulate NYC ~ My Watercolor print of the Oceanside, was exhibited and sold at their Silent Auction to benefit "The French/American Children's Fund" and to help families after Hurricane Sandy.
*I was part of a group of New York Artists which helped with the curating and success of TWITTERARTEXHIBIT March 2016 - Foster Pride Charity, with Head Curator, David Sandum of Moss, Norway.
*3 Shows - 20 pieces and Artist Talk. - Carter Burden Network - Exhibited 2 - 3 and 4 month residencies- in 2016, 2017, 2019 at Leonard Covello Senior Center, East Harlem. Oil Painting, Mono-Type, Drawing and Collage
2019 Two of my Mono-Type Prints and Two Oil Paintings were Exhibited at "El Barrio" East Harlem - 312 East 99th Street.
New York1 TV station, aired the show about the Exhibit and ended it showing my Two Oil Paintings to close the show.
I appreciate the time you took to explore my thoughts, my love of Art, and the love I have for expression …
2019, I had the pleasure of traveling to colorful Zhuatanejo, Mexico - where I painted and drew the beauty of the land. The colors were illuminating and have worked their way into my Mon0-Type Prints, as well as, my oil paintings.
My trip in 2016 to Barcelona, the South of France and to my ancestry home in Sicily helped to create a new mood and light in my Paintings and Mono- Types Prints.
As always, my travels in Europe and the Caribbean each year, provides inspiration. Yet much of my painting finds root in the time spent at the Catskills cottage that is my retreat from everyday life in New York City. Like the masters who challenge and inspire me, I strive to paint what I see in nature. Form, color, movement, texture, luminosity.