Five years ago, I was an oil painter who occasionally worked in watercolor. My work was mostly realistic, with a hint of the abstraction that was to come. I primarily painted urban landscapes of NYC, most of which were done in my studio using reference photos and pastel sketches done on location. I exhibited constantly, participated in juried shows, was represented by 4 galleries, and had several solo shows during that period of my career. I was in the process of building up a following for my teaching career and doing a lot of demos and other art events. It was a good time.
Today, I am a watercolorist who occasionally works in oil (as well as pastel, acrylic, ink, charcoal and most other traditional media). My work straddles the fence between realism and abstraction, I think of it as expressive realism. I paint a lot of rural landscapes and flowers, taking inspiration from nature a lot more than in the past. I almost always paint on location, studio work is limited to still life studies which of course are painted from life, and the occasional commission, which I accept on a very limited scale and only if the project feels right. I am selective about where I will show my work, and am currently represented by only one gallery. Three of the galleries I worked with previously have closed or downsized (people simply don’t buy enough original art). I would be happy to work with a new gallery but refuse to chase them down, if a gallery director sees my work and is interested, they will contact me. I am putting my efforts into my teaching career and thinking about where my work will go next. It is a good time.