My perspective on city life. Working, commuting, playing, shopping, walking or resting, the cities of the world reflect the our humanity. I honor and elevate the often disregarded people, places and structures by depicting them with paint on canvas. The most substantial and oldest ongoing series, Street Dance includes images from my home town, New York City, and other urban centers that I have visited.
The English translation is Sacred Blue and at one time it was believed to have been the color of the robe worn by Mary, Mother of Christ. It is said that it was adopted as the color of the sky which covers the earth as does Mary's blessing but in modern times has been misused as an faux French explicative by English speaking cartoon characters and comics.
My Sacre Blué Series started as a personal challenge to explore the compositional potential of the highly charged Prussian and Phthalo Blue hues and continues as a favored method to expand my vision.
London, Havana, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Panama City, Boston, Rome, Paris, as well as Ebarb, Louisiana are just some of the places that I have had the pleasure to visit. These are some of the drawings and paintings inspired by my journeys.
In the past five years my paintings have taken on a more Impressionistic look, using less continuous brushstrokes and a canvas-based blending of color. In my Plein Air Series, I have embraced another Impressionistic approach by painting on location. This is my attempt to capture the subtle qualities of light and air through direct observation. Unlike the Impressionistic masters of the last century, who would paint outdoors in any conditions, I only paint Plein Air when the weather and location are comfortable and pleasant.
Everyone is entitled to an opinion and here is mine.
I create art because it is possible to achieve perfection.
I present the viewer with the world through my eyes and experience.
I paint my version of the sacred.
I learned to paint realistically through the study of abstraction.
I present the beauty of the commonplace and the often overlooked.
I make a better world on all of my canvasses.
I anchor my work with the traditions of western composition.
I begin each painting knowing it will be my best.
I honor my Italian, Native American and Spanish ancestors through my work.
I don't take myself or my work too seriously.
In the city of Victoria, on the island of Gozo, in the nation of Malta stands the Citadel. A mixure of midieval construction and modern restoration, this city-within-a-a city
stands as bastion of limestone laid fresh and in times past. Today it stands as a reminder and a beacon to highlight the greatness of Malta and its people, past and present.
30X40", Oil on Canvas
Oil on Canvas, 40X30, 2006. Between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges there is a park that includes a former Two Civil-War era structures, the Tobacco Warehouse and Empire Stores, are also located on the site. At the time of this painting, the Tobacco Warehouse, now Saint Ann's Warehouse Theater, lacked a roof, and was used for outdoor concerts and similar events.
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