Bio: Artist Statement
February 6, 2010
During early adolescence, I filled many coloring books with elaborate geometric patterns. These would reappear in my paintings. In childhood, Judaism was an important part of my daily life. In my early 20’s I embraced being an openly gay man, which came into direct conflict with my family, community and religion. I had to build a new model of (faith) religion, faith and prayer that wasn’t in conflict with my spiritual beliefs. My instinctive response was to express this new exploration in images. My sources came from many religions, the Buddhist lotus leaf, the Christian cross, a Jewish torah, an Islamic mosque, and so on. I believe that most of the essential teachings of our world’s religion can include the spiritual life of being an openly gay person. The decorative pages of texts, tapestries, tiles in decorative religious buildings, stained glass and many other decorative religious objects and images influence my work. Each piece I make has its own order and is drawn out like a prayer in a religious service with particular rituals. Holding the natural world close in my mind, my most recent work is inspired by prehistoric man, the earth, the sun, the moon, etc., particularly birds, who, as messengers of the truth, guide us to faith.
MFA Rhode Island School of Design 1994
BA Brandeis University 1989