Having grown up on Long Island, the waters of the Great South Bay have been a constant in my life.

Attempting to capture nature through paint is an act of humility. It is a movement toward truth, which is both impossible and inevitable. Where I fail in capturing the perfection of the scene, I succeed in capturing all the nuance and imperfections of the self. The ocean is an echo of things felt, recalled, and realized, while bridges, rocks, lighthouses, and boats stand as icons of ego and desire. Through paint, they are transubstantiated.

Though metaphor can be found in my work, the practice of making art is one of simplicity and discipline. It is important not to concentrate too much on concepts and theories. I show up each day and do my best to capture the scene before me.

What I’m up to Now

I spend my days working road construction. In the evenings I split my time between working on the boat and spending time with my family. I have a studio in the basement where I’m currently focusing on drawing and painting small boat portraits.

Visual inspiration:

Tamalin Baumgarten
Kelly Franke
Howie Guja
Anya Kotler
Lisa Lebofsky
Bruce Weber
Dina Brodsky

I’m currently reading:

  • Legends of Fire Island Beach and the South Side, by Edward Richard Shaw