Meet the Artist

Chasing the Edges of Light

I was born in Evanston, Illinois, and though my creative interests started young, I didn't begin to fully realize them until I began painting in college. After enrolling at Bucknell University, I decided to make my interests my career. So I transferred to The Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida.

After graduating, a series of cumulative awards and commissions led to one-artist shows in New York, Boston, Palm Beach, Naples and Nantucket, among others.

My work belongs to the tradition of Realism, and Edward Hopper was an early influence. But my interest in how natural light plays on surfaces, especially in architecture, led me to invent a technique I call Stereo Schema Realism.

Using this three-dimensional technique, I apply the paint with a calculating sense of effect that's meant to mimic the structure of the subject. From horizon to foreground, this immersive process also serves to create a hierarchy of space and distance. Each piece engages the viewer in a dialogue, speaking both literally and conceptually, and inviting us to see that which previously we may have only glanced.

Recently, my focus has evovled to include the built environments of the Caribbean. The applied components of verandahs, galleries, louvers, and shutters along with the miscegenated cultural influences of the English, French, African, Spanish, and Dutch beget exotic images. 

The scope of my work continues to grow. Newer pieces include original, embryonic montages born out of my extensive collection of personal photographs.

 


 

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DKG ArtInEmbassies 01I am honored to have my work featured as part of the Art in Embassies (AIE) program, a U.S. Department of State program that creates vital cross-cultural dialogue and fosters mutual understanding through the visual arts and dynamic artist exchanges.

AIE develops and presents approximately 60 exhibitions per year and has installed over 70 permanent art collections in more than 200 of the Department’s diplomatic facilities in 189 countries.

To accomplish the mission, AIE engages over 20,000 international participants, including artists, museums, galleries, universities, and private collectors.

My work is currently featured as part of the Conakry, Guinea embassy exhibit.

 

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