My passion for art began at Rutgers University after I signed up for Art 101. Although, a pre-med student, I ended up taking advanced painting classes and thus, had a wonderful classical art education. I did then go on to medical school, internship, residency and the practice of urological surgery, painting only occasionally at that time.
In 1986, I joined the South Florida Art Center where I maintained a studio until 1993. In 1991, I had cervical surgery which limited motion in my neck, ending my career as a surgeon. I then embarked on my second career as an artist full time. This career has been extremely rewarding. I have had major exhibitions at the Ft Lauderdale Museum and the Vero Beach Museum. My paintings are in the permanent collection of six museums, including the Musee de Beaux Artes in Orleans, France, exhibitions in the United States, France, Germany and Austria, as well as in private collections around the world.
An early and important influence on my work is the CoBrA movement. Most impressive for me is Asger Jorn, a member of that group. His unpredictability and violation of some of the tenets of painting is most impressive to me.
An early and important influence on my work is the CoBrA movement. Most impressive for me is Asger Jorn, a member of that group. His unpredictability and violation of some of the tenets of painting are most impressive to me.
That I was a surgeon, observing the human condition, I am sure has influenced my work. My latest paintings I feel can best be described as figurative abstractions. I love to work the paint wet on wet until it becomes what I (at the time) consider to be “a good painting”. Sometimes it takes minutes, other times, days or week. I love the nuances that occur when moving the paint. I usually start with no definitive idea and just allow the paint to do the work, The subject matter, if there is one, may change at any time during the process and I hope that the result will be a masterpiece.