New York City has been an important inspiration from my work since 1971.I have worked both above and below ground, from life and from imagination, often returning to the same type of subject. The Gowanus Canal,for example, has been one of the constants in my work since 1974. For an artist who grew up in the well manicured suburbs of New York, the canal provides an intriguing contrast. It is not only as content, but also the experience of setting up and working there.
I also have a lifelong attachment to the Vermont landscape. The gabled house is a place and a form that has special meaning. It is a shape that is both familiar and abstract, and a locale that is mysterious yet familiar. Like the canyons of the city, it has provided me with an artistic rubric, one where I am able to explore and look for different outcomes. The shape of the house, its angled roof and shadowed side, have become an imbedded gesture in the physical creation of my work as well as the psychological icon which propels it.
Creating poured landscapes provides me with a particular freedom and forces me to consider surprising outcomes. When I pour a landscape I feel that the work is in essence painting itself. This provides a counterpoint to the Literal and symbolic landscapes that I do plein air and from imagination.