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Historically, my work explored the impacts of boundary breaches caused by technology-based information delivery systems and the resulting barrage of information on our everyday lives. Specifically, the erosion of tangible and intangible boundaries and the devolution of personal and public trust in the substance/viability of truth as a singular measure of reality.

Recently, I have begun to explore more literal contradictions presented by the use of physical boundaries [walls] as paradoxical metaphors for current socio-political ideologies [e.g., build walls to achieve freedom from this or that] and the use of “walls” to confine/separate/lockdown perceived threats [are “we” locked in or are “they/it” locked out?]. Ironic in that walls have been employed for millennium not only as boundaries, but as delivery systems for the communication and documentation of ideas, history, identity, ideologies, art, and dissent that are typically associated with perceived “freedoms” rather than the restrictions that walls inherently imply.


In the times of the novel Corona19 virus, these investigations take on an even greater relevance as we physically, emotionally and intellectually seek new ways of “being and seeing” as we learn to negotiate new boundaries/restrictions that pose an immediate existential threat.


The choice of painting as medium is meaningful as paintings can be seen as either a metaphorical “wall” or “window” driven by the individual viewer’s perspective.



(New York Foundation for the Arts)

Artists Supporting Artists, NYC, NY


Queens Art X, What If We Remade US Economy, Queens, NY


InFUSION Project Space, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Brooklyn, NY,

“of nutshells and nuance”


Koussevitsky Gallery, Pittsfield, MA  

“of saint and syn”

Brooklyn Art:Work, BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


In/formation, BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY  

“of forests and forensics”


A Passion for Pixels; Islip Art Museum, East Islip, New York



Hand Drawn, Storefront Artists Project, Pittsfield, MA

“the only universally understood ism”


Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Gt. Barrington, MA

“Information Anxiety:Mediarites”


Ephemera, Lascano Gallery, Gt. Barrington, MA


Gender, Haddad Lascano Gallery, Gt. Barrington, MA


Obsession, Haddad Lascano Gallery, Gt. Barrington, MA


Metro Show, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ


National Fall Open, Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, VT

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