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Artist Bio

I was born in Texas and raised in New York. There is a duality in me I've struggled my entire life to balance, and that is reflected in my artwork: Catholic (by blood) and Jewish (by adoption); lover of both high brow and low brow; equally left brained (studied writing for my BA) and right brained (MFA in drawing from NYAA). I've even got dual citizenships (USA and Ireland).

I enjoy the marriage of apparent opposites and find the challenge of reconciling mutually exclusive ideas or styles alluring. My most recent work exemplifies this: NYC garbage cans, and the people who frequent them, faithfully rendered in silverpoint and gold.

Rubbish as a muse makes sense after living in Manhattan for decades. I love the idea of art as alchemy and using Old Master techniques, as well as skill and focus, to turn garbage into gold. There's also an environmental crisis unfolding due to our collective wastefulness, which bearing witness to as an artist means recording. And these drawings share roots with 20th century found poetry and trash aesthetes like Rauschenberg.

Finally, silverpoint garbage cans speak to adoption and the transformative power of focus. How one person's trash can be another's treasure. And serious art can be found wherever serious artists turn their gaze. 

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EDUCATION:

MFA         New York Academy of Art

BA            SUNY Purchase

 

HONORS AND AWARDS:

2021       

  • Blue Review Art Prize (Honorable Mention)

  • SURP Faculty Award, New York Academy of Art

  • 2021 Golden Artist Colors, Inc. Award

  • Academy Scholar, New York Academy of Art

  • Trustee Scholarship, New York Academy of Art


2020

  • Gally Mayer Patrons Scholar Award, New York Academy of Art

  • Academy Scholar, New York Academy of Art

TEACHING:

2021  - Adjunct Professor, New York Academy of Art

 

EXHIBITIONS:

2021

  • Silver! Equity Gallery/DFN Projects, New York, NY (forthcoming) 

  • Blue Review Art Prize (Honorable Mention), Artsy.com / Sugarlift.com 

  • Treading Lightly, New York Academy of Art, New York, New York

  • MFA Thesis Exhibition, New York Academy of Art

  • Tribeca Ball, New York Academy of Art

2020 

  • Deck The Walls, New York Academy of Art, Online

  • Paralells, New York Academy of Art

  • Tribeca Ball, New York Academy of Art, Online

  • Take Home A Nude, New York Academy of Art

  • Spaces, New York Academy of Art

2019

  • Deck The Walls, New York Academy of Art, New York, New York

  • Fluidity, Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, New York, NY

2018 

  • Watercolors, Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, New York, NY

  • Anatomical Drawing, Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, New York, NY

2017

  • Single Fare 4, Highline Stages, New York, NY

  • Spring Art Exhibition, Wix Lounge Chelsea, New York, NY

2013

  • Swipe Magazine Artists, National Arts Club, New York, NY

2010 

  • Swipe!, 25 CPW Gallery, New York, NY

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

 

• Sotheby's - Artwork Featured - "New York Academy of Art’s Virtual Tribeca Ball Honors Eric Fischl" April 1, 2021

• Juxtapoz Magazine - "Art in Uncertain Times" April 10, 2020

• WYNC radio, “Guards and Artists” The Leonard Lopate Show March 25, 2010.

• NPR Morning Edition, Margot Adler, ”Museum Guards Swipe The Spotlight” March 22, 2010

• New York Times, "Hoping to Graduate From Guards to Gauguins" March 5, 2010