I retired in 2004 from 33 years as an academic veterinarian at the Yale School of Medicine, but also have been an active artist since the mid-1980s.
I focused on figurative drawing and painting until 2010 when I moved to abstraction. The transition was primarily to explore “duende,” a concept inherent to flamenco, my favorite performance art. Duende is the Dionysian force rising in a singer, instrumentalist or dancer to inspire blazing performance. It embodies creativity and physical artistry ranging from subtle to flamboyant and from tragic to joyous, always with fiery intensity. I see duende as a universal human trait which influences all the arts. Because duende is rooted in the psyche, abstract painting has been a rewarding means to explore it. Thus, many of the paintings selected for this site illustrate my responses to duende.
I play freely with color and marks as befits abstract expressionism, guided by spontaneous dialogues that develop between my internal compass and emerging composition. My paintings tend to fall into four stylistic themes ranging from minimalistic to highly animated and are grouped accordingly on this site. They all attempt to honor Cezanne’s advice to express oneself forcefully.
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