Since this is my maiden post, I want to introduce myself: I am a New York City based artist. And, a representational painter, who works primarily from life; although, I sometimes use photos as source material. I sometimes paint the figure, but I am more interested in painting still lifes and landscapes/cityscapes. My still lifes are usually painted from actual objects that have been setup in studio; my cityscapes/landscapes are usually painted on site, in venues in and around the city.
Also, I work exclusively with watercolor nowadays. It has a translucent, luminous quality that is unique to the medium. The transparency of the medium also suggests an ephemeral, transitional quality, which is one aspect of life that I wish to express in my paintings: Both the actual passage of time and how an individual experiences time have always intrigued me!
It has always been my dream to become a professional artist. And I have been working toward that goal for the past six years. Although, I studied art extensively in my twenties/early thirties, I didn't think it was realistic----or practical----to try to become a professional artist then. I do now!
The main purpose of this blog is to showcase my paintings and to mark my progress in transitioning from nonprofessional to professional artist: Expect to see an occasional image of new work and my thoughts on my work. Also, expect announcements of any upcoming exhibitions I participate in; or, any other milestone in my new career.
Also, I will use this blog to share my opinions on the current New York art scene: Expect occasional reviews of gallery and museum shows----hopefully, my views will offer an entertaining alternative to what is published elsewhere!
I am currently participating in the 4th annual "Small Works Show" at the Manhattan Borough President's office, 1 Centre Street, 19th Floor, New York City. The show runs until the 30th of January. Viewing hours are 9:30 to 4:30. I hope you will find the time to go!
Below, my painting on exhibition there.