The Artist Statement

(In three parts minus one)

1. Conventional (academic)

2. Poetic (preferred)


I hope to make things that others find meaningful and capture elements of experience to dignify the complexity of existence. 

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Everything counts.

Though everything is too many things for one.

Save one and none.

Bemusing how options collapse on infinity’s stage.

Finding is motion.

We are led and leading.

and weighed in our crossings

but aspiring is my belief desired.

That endeavor bear’s being

evinces life’s assertions

and circumvents the caprice of society and culture. 

Art is the vessel and fanfare of humanity

rejecting definition

and gesturing in us as we gesture in ourselves. 

Meaning is revealed in our passage and passing. 

Whereby, we are ever-beginning

emerging through the flux of our intimacy. 

In closeness we dissolve

and being so,

create through our becoming. 

Until into everything,

where we become as once we were

swaddled in the womb of mystery.

I’m vitalized by the power of images to catalyze or enrich our apprehensions, horizons and sympathy.  The premise; that the shape of the artwork is formed through the spirit and spectrum of our considerations.  The world; manifested in our actions and the relationships therein turn the wheel of our reality.   

Current work includes paintings, works on paper, poems and digital media.  The former two are considered as objects that explore the logic and poetics of visual articulation and form. 

I am drawn to the continuity of visual production across time and culture.  My research into this is a continual source of inspiration and renewal.  The images of history are products of fortune and cultural selection.  They represent our collective dreams and opinions, the mythological abstract upon which our world is constructed.  My process approximates this filtering through continual revision and reassessment.  Each work is often developed over significant periods of time such that each is in a sense imprinted with evolving apprehensions.  By this, I gradually build images of increasing complexity and sensitivity. 

In presentation, I orchestrate my work in dynamic physical and cognitive contexts, juxtaposing narratives, themes, digital media, and writing with and around my images.  Thereby expanding and augmenting the range of possible perspectives through which a viewer might engage or interpret.  In this, I explore the relationships and liminal spaces between perception, presupposition and experience.  

Conceptually, I am interested in the influences that are common among us, and the ways in which they give definition to our identities, collectively and personally.

 I see my work engaging in the confrontation between our humanist inheritance and the contemporary demands for economic efficiency and the growth of information technologies.  The ethos is an ever-present existential quandary.  Each choice, a change.  Everything is intriguing and terrifying as the world accelerates its restructuring.  How do we weight others and ourselves in the shifting and screening?  How do we arrive at the meanings that give us a way to live?  What will be the role of the artist in the emerging paradigm?  I search to touch upon valences in our volatile cultural landscape through the lens of a person that enthralls in the actions of our eyes and the paths of the mind.

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MFA.   Brooklyn College/CUNY,

         Summa Cum Laude, Fine Arts (Painting Focus)

B.A.   College of Staten Island/CUNY,

         Summa Cum Laude, Honors, Fine Arts 

Professional Experience

Teaching and University Work:

•   Adjunct Assistant Professorship:                                                                             2010- Present    

     College of Staten Island/CUNY                           

     (Teaching Drawing, Painting and Civics)

•   Professional Staff Congress Liaison to Part-Time Faculty:                                     2016-2017

     College of Staten Island/CUNY

•   Adjunct Faculty Fellow to the Provost Office:                                                          2016

    College of Staten Island/CUNY

•   Founding Director of the Adjunct Faculty Symposium:                                           2016

    College of Staten Island/CUNY

     (A Professional Development venue for Adjunct Faculty)

•   PSC CUNY, Freelance Design: College of Staten Island/CUNY                            2014

•   Teaching Artist: Art Lab: Snug Harbor Cultural Center                                          2011- 2014

•   Teaching Artist: Liberty Partnership Program                                                          2012- 2013

•   Research Assistant, Oxford University                                                                      2012


Professional Art Experience

Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof  Foundation:  NYC                                                       

•   Project Manager: Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation                                  2011- 2015

•   Studio Assistant for Pat Passlof                                                                                   2008- 2011

The Painting Center:                                                                                                  

•   Curatorial Assistant                                                                                                      2009- 2015

Art Lab: Snug Harbor Cultural Center:                                                                                   

•   Board Member: Faculty Representative                                                                      2013- 2014

Elizabeth Harris Gallery:                                                                                             

•   Project Assistant                                                                                                           2008- 2011



Solo Exhibitions                                                                                                         

  • ‘Almost Like We Know’:  NYC                                                                                       2017

    Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art  (Smithsonian Affiliate)

  • ‘Consumed by White’, Art Lab Gallery: NYC                                                               2012

Snug Harbor Cultural Center

Select Group Exhibitions    

  • Cha North: Artist Residency Open Studios 2018                                                                                   

  • Art of the 5: Revisiting Staten Island: Sponsor- Staten Island Mayor's Office           2018

Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art  (Smithsonian Affiliate) (Catalog)

  • Art of the 5: Staten Island:                                                                                             2017

The Galleries at the Interchurch Center (Catalog)

  • ChaShaMa Open Studio: Brooklyn Army Terminal                                                    2017

  • The Dream Party: Shetler Studios                                                                                2017

  • 21 and Counting: The Painting Center turns 21: The Painting Center                       2014

  • A Rich and Diverse Palette: The Visual Art Faculty: College of Staten Island        2013

  • Black and White: Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition                                              2011

  • Small Works: The Painting Center                                                                                2010

  • 2010 B.C., MFA Thesis Exhibit: Williamsburg, Art & Historical Center                     2010

  • Annual Invitational: Snug Harbor Cultural Center                                                      2008

  • The Fifth Annual Open Show: Art Lab Gallery                                                             2008


Presentations and Artist Talks:

  • “How to Draw a Cup: Step one Draw a Cup”:     2019

    College Art Association Conference Workshop 

    -Learning Personal Creativity through Visual Literacy

  • “Finding Creation”: Princeton Photography Club                                    2018                                         

  • “Almost Like We Know”: Newhouse Commons Gallery                                         2017

      (Roundtable Discussion) (Video)

  • Adjunct Faculty Symposium: College of Staten Island                                          2016

      (moderator) (Video)

  • Art Lab Summer Studio Program                                                                            2016

    (Visiting Artist Crit)

  • “Out Of The Pan”: Snug Harbor Cultural Center                                                      2012

     (Presentation for Arts Major students transitioning into the field of Art)


Grants, Residencies and Awards

  • Cha North 2018 Summer Residency

  • ChaShaMa : ‘A Space to Create’ Program

  • Staten Island Arts: DCA Premiere Grant (Formerly COAHSI)

  • Charles G. Shaw Award: Brooklyn College/CUNY

  • Graduate Investment Program Award: Brooklyn College/CUNY

  • Foundation Art Award: College of Staten Island/CUNY

  • Departmental Honors in Art: College of Staten Island/CUNY


Consultancies and Award Panels

  • Creative Consultant: TINA 2018

    Pass: Artist Residency Program presenting

    One-Woman Show on the life of Tina Modotti

  • The Office of the Provost:                             2015

    College of Staten Island/CUNY

  • Fringe Festival: San Miguel: Les Exportables,                                                    2014

     San Miguel De Allende, Mexico

  • Staten Island Arts: Panelist review for DCA Premiere Grant                           2013

  • Black Mountain College Museum: Asheville, NC                                              2011-2012

    (a Retrospective exhibit at Black Mountain College

    and Western North Carolina University)



•   “Core at Twenty”                                                                                                   2018

    Celebrating Two Decades of CSI’s Dedication to General Education:

    The Core Program / CUNY

•   To Whom the Shoe Fits                                                                                     2018

Letters to Young Painters

     Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation

•   Contributor: The Huffington Post                                                                        2014- 2015

•   Contributor: The Painters Table                                                                           2014

•   Pat Passlof Retrospective catalog:                                                                       2011

    Black Mountain College Museum             


Professional Development and Academic Committees

•   Student Success Institute Fellowship: CUNY                                                      2017

•   Campus Study Work Group Committee                                                               2017

    (Organized to review and

    design pilots based on Campus Climate Survey): CUNY

•   Officer- at- Large for PSC College of Staten Island Chapter: CUNY                 2016- Present

•   Experiential Learning Task Force for Students: CUNY                                       2016

•   Adjunct Faculty Task Force (Group Leader): CUNY                                           2016

•   Faculty Center Advisory Board: CUNY                                                                2016



•    Staten Island Community Television - “Non-Profit Matters”                              2017

•   Gallery Guide September (featured image)                                                        2017

•   Daily News (featured image)                                                                                2017

•   SiLive.Com                                                                                                             2017

•   Staten Island Advance                                                                                          2017

• Discoveries 2012: David Loncle                                                 2012


Research Abroad

•   Scotland: Reviewing ancient shamanic visual descriptions (Pictish esp.) and their transition into modern Scottish form. 2017.

•   Mexico: San Miguel de Allende and Mexico City: Researching folk art and its relationship to pre-Columbian productions. 2014.

•   France: Paris and Aix in Provence researching Cezanne in relation to early 20th cen. painting with a focus on 10th street NYC abstraction. 2013.

•   Istanbul: Reviewing the aesthetic shifts from Byzantine to Turkish art exploring the dynamic between cultural conceptions and aesthetic expression. 2012.


Significant On-Going Projects

•   Book: “The Inspired”:  A compilation of writings and correspondence from Pat Passlof’s 60 year career; accompanying interviews of fellow painters and collectors.  (Expected Publication in 2020): Midmarch Arts Press



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