1986 MFA Painting, Yale School of Art, Yale University
1983 BFA Painting, Indiana University
1982 Yale at Norfolk, Yale summer Scool of Music and Art
Awards and Fellowships
Frap Grant, Amherst College
Senior Sabbatical Fellowship, Amherst College
John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, New York, NY
Blanche Colman Award, Mellon Trust, Boston, MA
American Academy of Arts and Letters, Hassam, Speicher, Betts, and Symons Purchase Award, New York, NY
Louis Comfrot Tiffany Biennial Competition, New York, NY
Historic Deerfield Mural, Commission from Historic Deerfield Foundation, Deerfield, MA
Williamsburg Arts Lottery Grant, Williamsburg, MA
Helen Florscheim Fellowship, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA
Yale Scholarship, Yale School of Att, New Haven, CT
Ellen Baetell Stoeckel Fellowship, Yale Summer School of Music and Art, Norfolk, CT
My work, through all of its incarnations and explorations, has always been about light and a form of linear geometry: two seemingly incongruent, disparate perceptions.
As a young boy growing up in the spacious environs of Northern Indiana, most of my time was spent outdoors playing and exploring in the woods and cornfields surrounding my house. The role that light and weather play in an agricultural place and the grid-like geometry of the fields are two elements always present in my work.
I paint directly outdoors and the paintings are distilled visual experiences of specific places along the banks and woodlands of the Connecticut River in Western Massachusetts. This visual distillation involves the act of boiling down, the removal of the unnecessary and the discovery of the essential. I have converted a twelve foot box truck into a mobile studio which allows me to paint in any weather condition, time of day, season and also to work on a very large scale. My work is strongly influenced by all American landscape painting as well as Corot, Poussin and most importantly Cezanne.
My paintings represent a synthesis of present and past experiences. These paintings are representations of where I am in the world at a specific moment, both literally and metaphorically. I hope to capture my relationship to the world by exploring and giving form to the space between objects and myself. I am trying to paint what is not there. They are not paintings of ideas rather paintings of direct experience. They are more about the journey of looking rather than the complete end result of looking.
Conscious rather than Self-Conscious.