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I have been a working artist for many years and feel fortunate to have experienced life in New York City, working with a wide variety of people, traveling a bit, and getting acquainted with different cultures and ways of life. Living near the beach in Southern California for a couple of years now has been key in getting grounded and evolving into the artist I wanted to be, and I strive for that sort of calm vitality to show in my work and interactions.

As I look forward to turning 50, and reflect on life and envision what's next with painting, large-scale minimalist abstracts ring most true to me. The physicality of it becomes almost meditative -- building them and prepping the surface, finding a way through the vigorous layering and then working it into a thoughtful moment to be discovered through the viewer's introspection.

Meanwhile, I also work as a freelance illustrator and designer for corporate and nonprofit clients, and would love to work abroad and spend some time doing volunteer work again, perhaps something similar to when I helped with rebuilding a fishing village after a tsunami. Having gained skills with technical drawings this year could somehow come in handy as well. Right now I enjoy keeping mind and body fit, getting cardio by the ocean or getting lost and muddy in gardening around the old house I live in, as life will likely lead me to another big move one day.

Over the years, clients have found my work in Dwell Magazine, Architectural Digest, and other industry publications, I have had representation in galleries and participated in some wonderful group shows, and have had the pleasure of shipping artwork to other parts of the world. Back in New York City, the studio was host to celebrities, writers, entrepreneurs -- people from all walks of life. Here at my humble home studio, I continue to work with all types of clients who wish to transform a room into a personal, sacred space. Just don't mind a little sand on the doorstep.



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