The first five images I have submitted are part of a series I call “Look Me in the Eye.” They feature Americans of differing cultural backgrounds, each posed to visually confront the viewer. Establishing eye contact allows us to appreciate one another’s humanity, to know, as Maya Angelou said, “we are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.” The figures in these paintings are portrayed quite realistically, with backgrounds that are more abstract. I choose colors to represent personality, mood and season that I associate with the individuals I paint.
I have spent much of my career painting dancers and other performers, as you see in the second five images, below. Since retiring from The College of New Jersey in 2008, however, I have turned my attention to social justice and political themes. I work in a variety of media and exhibit my work largely in NJ, NY, and PA. I am a member of the Guild of Creative Artists, NJ; Audubon Artists, NY; and was the founding chair of the 501c3 Belmar Arts Council, NJ. I received an M.F.A in painting from Penn State University and a Ph.D. in Design Education from NYU. I spent a year studying design education at the University of Oxford, England on a Fulbright Scholarship and am currently the President of the New Jersey Chapter of the Fulbright Association.