I like my hot coffee or tea in a paper take-out cup, like millions of my fellow New Yorkers. Even better than the contents, I like the used cup as a surface to draw and paint on. And before I begin I inscribe the date, location and occasion on which the beverage was consumed so that every cup becomes the record of a social moment. The resulting upcycled cup artworks, now numbering over a 1000, have been on show in various venues around New York City and in other US states, as well as in London and Edinburgh, UK over the last fouryears.


Inspired by Monet's paintings of Reims cathedral, I repeatedly paint sections of the view from my 13th floor studio in Midtown Manhattan. The light shifts hourly, throwing up tantalizing reflections of building within buildings.

MARSH LINES

The Marsh Lines paintings are oils on canvas, wood panel and paper inspired by aerial views of the salt marshes along the New Jersey Coast. I am fascinated by the organic patterns in this ecosystem interrupted by the Euclidean geometry of human activity.

PERFECT FAMLILIES

From 2006 to 2010 I focused on a project called Perfect Families, painting portraits of alternative and mixed race families, primarily my friends and neighbors in New York City. I see these real people as archetypes for the contemporary American family at a time when mixed race families, trans-racial adoption and above all, same sex marriage and parenting continue to challenge assumptions about societal norms.
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