Could you tell us a little about yourself? What has brought you into the art world?
I have been an artist my entire life in one creative form or another. I was a painter and Fine Arts major in college with a BFA from Tyler School of Art, Rome, Italy and Temple University, Philadelphia, PA and an MFA from Columbia University, New York, NY.
While a graduate student, I designed the catalog, "Rooms" for the inaugural show in what was to become, MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, NY.
I became involved with many of the most cutting edge artists working in NYC at that time. Soon after, I stopped painting, experimented with conceptual and performance art and formed the seminal 80's art rock bands, Model Citizens, The Dance and Chandra, whose music continues to be licensed and sampled in films and recordings today.
After my music career, I founded an internet company, Astronet in the late 90's that was eventually acquired. From all my diverse artistic and entrepreneurial ventures, I've learned to trust and follow intuition during the creative journey which has the same struggles and successes, whatever the process, context or medium.
I returned to painting 6 years ago. Our house was on the market and people viewing it complimented the "abstract art" on the walls, that was my early work.
I bought some art supplies, plunged back in and with my current life and soul experience, allowed myself the freedom and trust to simply paint with no rules or limitations.
After creating a body of work including my Chakra series, I launched a website and have never looked back!
I was fortunate early on, to have my paintings placed in high end home design stores, a prominent yoga studio lounge and juried exhibitions, which resulted in sales and commissions.
“I make kinetic, contemplative abstract paintings with vibrant and muted color, gestural brushstrokes and personal calligraphy on canvas and on paper.
I work strictly in acrylic with an emphasis on metallic, interference and iridescent paints. I have also recently incorporated gold and silver leaf and artist grade glitter.
Crystal Matrix, my most recent series use metallics and glitter to build a surface of iridescent light. Historically and now, reflections connect human beings with the spirit world and life's deeper mysteries.”
What inspires you most in your work?
Art is channeled energy. And balancing that energy is a daily spiritual practice. I am a devoted yogi and meditator and consider the painting process to be transcendental. You lose your sense of time and space and suspend in the present moment and vision.
Ultimately, I hope my paintings create a pause for the viewer to reflect, re-calibrate and reboot.
Do you plan your work in advance, or is it improvisation?
I usually plan my palette and mix up tubs of custom colors in advance. However, then the painting activity becomes a random dance. I often start large canvases on the floor, pouring, spraying, spreading the paint with a squeegee and sponge brushes - making drips, marks, scribbles and personal calligraphy with assorted tools.
After the first phase dries, I put the canvas up on an easel and work into the random composition in more detail. If I feel stuck, I will take a break to meditate, do a restorative yoga pose or take a walk with my dog in the woods.
I again trust intuition and believe the Universe is rigged in my favor to guide the eventual resolution and success of a painting...and no matter how long it takes, it always does.