I graduated with a BS in Fine Arts from The College at Brockport in 2003 as a painting major. For years I worked in oils. In 2007 I discovered Golden Artist Colors acrylic paint and was quick to see the potential it had for my work. About that time I was introduced to artists Darryl Hughto and Susan Roth, life time practitioners of acrylic painting. When I approached them with my desire to study acrylic painting, they agreed to take me on as an intern. In addition to my studio practice, I worked with them for 2 years before having acquired the studio skills to assist. At that point I became their studio assistant, to which this relationship has grown to my current position as foreman of studio operations. They continue to mentor me in my painting and the development of my career.
In 2012, I was given the opportunity, to try out the Golden's Artist in Residence facility. I spent a week of concentrated painting time with the help of the professionals there. I created several large paintings in that time and established several motifs and processes that continue to appear in my work. This concentrated time devoted solely to my art resolved my desire to become a great painter. Previously, if I was doing what I was compelled to do, I now felt with work and application, I could do it.
I see a long and hard road if I am to reach my best expression of self, as I am in the early stages of this journey. Nevertheless, I believe I have already begun to create paintings in my voice.
"Red Bikini", 47.5" x 22"
Acrylic and skins on canvas