paint. charcoal. words. provincetown.
I came to Provincetown in 1992 for a visit and was enchanted. Two years ago, after being a local actor and engaged arts writer, I returned to painting and drawing through a Romano Rizk Scholarship at PAAM and a Cape Resident Scholarship and Returning Residency at the Fine Arts Work Center.
My diploma is in multi-disciplinary arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at TUFTS (1995). The skills learned led to acting (2001-2015), arts writing for artscope, provincetown.com, The Provincetown Banner (2008-2015) as well as gallery assistant for Berta Walker and Four Eleven.
I have worked from a live model starting at sixteen at the Educational Center for the Arts, New Haven; Parsons School of Design, New York; School of the Museum of Fine Art, Boston; Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown; Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown.
Because libraries matter, I am the Chair of the Board of Library Trustees, an elected, non-paying position.
Created in the winter/spring of 2015-16, they are 30 x 22 inches on very thick paper. The artist’s challenge was to create a full composition with a lush medium that dries quickly. I had to make quick decisions and have confidence with the brush. My primary influences during this time were Hans Hofmann and Paul Resika. I couldn’t overthink or overwork. Many did not make it. These are the ones that felt resolved.
I have returned to figure drawing with a fire in my belly. A naked person is sitting, standing or moving in front of me. How do I seize the moment and transpose the magic of a human being’s essence into form, shape and color? When I am fully present - no small task in a modern world filled with infinite distractions – a piece of charcoal or a brush in my hand is a tool for exploring humanity’s divine perfection.
The Shadow Box Series
A ptownie.com exclusive of original figure drawings in Plexiglas with a bronzed-finished edge. Place on a shelf or table or attach to the wall with a nail. 17 x 11 x 1 3/4 inches framed. Shipping is free within the continental United States. Cost: $125.00
In my first year at the SMFA, I would take drawings from class and create these montages when the room was empty working on them together with scissors, glue, charcoal, all of them up with music playing. I was studying 16mm film in the Collaborative Film Workshop created by Richard Broadman.
These murals feel cinematic to me. As most of us at the school, I took film, swept up in the medium. I borrow from this sensibility; how the camera and the eye can capture a frame or composition. Two of the three foot by eight foot works on paper would be lost if it were not for 4 x 5 film converted to digital. One retains its fragile original form.
Collection of Steven Lage
An entrepreneur/consultant in Ohio, collector Steven Lage found out about my work through the cover of In Over Our Heads: The Mental Demands of Modern Life. He acquired many works. Here is a selection from a dozen works.
The Visual Diary is a record of my first summer in Provincetown painted on 24 x 18 inch canvases using oils and large brushes. My studio was in the upstairs of 128 Commercial, a defunct kitchen when the place was owned by Allen Carrier or Ali Baba. It was one of the last years of bohemian dominance in the West End.
SMFA Art Sale: SMFA, Boston
Women Choose Women: Berta Walker Gallery, Provincetown
Open Call: Jo Hay Open Studio, Provincetown
Members’ 12 x 12: PAAM, Provincetown (2015 and 16)
All Townie Show: FAWC, Provincetown (2015 and 16)
Open Members Small Works, PAAM (2015 and 16)
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