In the Summer of 2005 I packed up a car and headed west, out of my home state of New Jersey and towards a place I envisioned would be the desert. I landed in Durango, Colorado, and have finally understood what it is to love where you live.
Nine years ago I joined up with Studio & Gallery, an artist-owned gallery, workspace and gathering place for artists and creative folks of all sorts. On a weekly basis you can find me painting there, or hanging a show, but otherwise I am home, creating art in a cabin just outside of town.
All of my life, animals have been the thing in which I have found the most joy. They are absolutely beloved by me, every one of them. When I was twelve I vowed lifelong vegetarianism in their defense, and 28 years later I'm all in.
I am a believer in kind treatment of all living things, and I always give a portion of my proceeds to animal rescue and protection organizations. Some of my favorites are Peaceful Prairie Farm Animal Sanctuary, The Gentle Barn, Farm Sanctuary, Giraffe Conservation Foundation and The Jane Goodall Institute, among many more.
Through my work, I am intending to create a portrait which honors the subject, but I am also intending to create an image that brings joy, promotes kindness and hopefully creates a connection between the viewer and the painting. Because I think that kind and joyful connection is really what it's all about.