Artist Statement, Shows & Awards
I am an entirely self-taught artist who has been making paintings and painted relief collages for over forty years, and have won a couple competitions and had a few solo shows. My style is improvisational. My work is complex and layered and reveals itself slowly in different ways over time. My pursuit is of a raw and rough art. But, just as in untamed nature, the raw and rough upon close observation are also delicate, soothing and healing.
I don’t make polished, perfect fine art. I construct arenas and conditions for colors and materials to display themselves - to present their properties freely and combine in unplanned and joyous ways. This is direct painting, and a direct expression from within me to within you.
Please contact me with any comments or questions.
Momenta Art, Philadelphia, 1989
Schmidt/Dean Gallery, Philadelphia, 1991
Shahinian Fine Art, Poughkeepsie,
The Flow of Art Gallery, Norwalk, CT,
Shahinian Fine Art, Rhinebeck, NY, 2014
SELECTED GROUP SHOWS
Dana Reich Gallery, San Francisco, 1977
Mangel Gallery, Philadelphia, 1986
The Painted Bride, Philadelphia, 1989
The Flow of Art Gallery, Norwalk,
Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition,
juried Recycle exhibition, 2015
Peter Marcelle Project, Southampton,
AWARDS FROM JURIED COMPETITIONS
97th Annual Juried Exhibition, Greenwich Art Society, Dagny Hultgreen Griswold cash award for painting - "Mirage," 2014
East End Arts Council, Riverhead, NY,
3rd Annual National Juried Art Competition - Best in Show, "Juju," 2014, cash award and artist-in-residence award.
SELECTIONS FROM JURIED COMPETITIONS
The Ridgefield Guild of Artists 43rd Annual Juried Show - “The Colorworks,” 2020
SPECTRUM Exhibition, New Canaan Society for the Arts - “Wired,” 2018
Flinn Gallery Juried Exhibition, Greenwich Art Society - “Forgotten Dreams,” 2016
98th Annual Juried Exhibition, Greenwich Art Society - “Rough Sketch,” 2015