I have always loved art and as child I
wanted to be a cartoonist or animator,
unfortunately I didn’t think I had
the talent. It wasn’t until I enrolled
at The Art Student’s League of New
York that I discovered that drawing skills
can be taught and learned if one has the
patience to persist at it. I love the
art of the old masters such a Rubens,
Rembrandt, and Franz Hals.
one looks at painting by these masters,
one not only sees a remarkable ability
to draw and paint realistically, but also
an incredible sense of design and style.
To me a great painting has to have both
these elements. Paintings by these masters
and other great art create a very strong
emotional connection for the viewer.
In my artwork I’m trying to make
an emotional connection to the viewer.
I try to use both design and drawing to
make that connection. My paintings are
not extraordinary detailed copies of life.
I think that if great detail is desired,
a photograph can do a better job. There
is a risk that a painting that is too
detailed will lose the other essential
element of great art, design. On the other
hand a painting that doesn’t have
good drawing can be just design and cannot
make an emotional connection.
favorite subjects are figures and portraits.
The easiest way to make the emotional
connection I’m trying for is by
using people as subjects. After all, we
all are human, and everyone can relate
to other people. I hope that the viewer
of my art can relate to subject. If my
work is successful it conveys to the viewers
some of the emotions I felt as I looked
at my subject.