At nine years old, I learned oil painting techniques from William DeVieg, a restoration painter, in Tinton Falls, NJ in the Old Mill building. I earned my BFA at Parsons School of Design, and attended life drawing classed at the Arts Students League in Manhattan. One of my most influential teachers at Parsons was Herman Rose. Rose was included in a 1952 Museum of Modern Art exhibition called, “15 Americans,” which also included work by Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock.
Covid-19 has hit my soul hard. Me and my family have been lucky. For now, we still have our jobs and everyone is healthy. My wife is a teacher, she works many hours trying to make school “normal” for her students. My daughter Kim is a nurse at JFK Hospital in Edison and Valley Hospital in Ridgewood. We pray for her and all the essential workers. This is the inspiration for my work.