Artist Statement

I was inspired to become an artist in my early years of employment at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. While wandering the great halls of the Metropolitan I was immensely intrigued by the great masters and the style of realism, with a particularly strong affinity for the works of Velazquez, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Rubens and David, just to name a few. Therefore, I sought my education in the masters tradition of Academic Realism focusing on Portraiture in various mediums and styles.

Although Impressionism and Modern art were popular, I kept to my hearts desire to study and paint like the masters. In a time when training in the visual arts was limited, I was fortunate to find Cesare Borgia, whom in 1972 became my teacher and mentor for many years to come. Mr. Borgia had a stellar background for he had studied under Frank Reilly. Mr. Reilly, a highly successful illustrator, was considered an expert in the teachings of Academic Realism and taught for 29 years at The Art Students League in NYC. A few years after the death of Mr. Reilly, Mr. Borgia started his own school (Cesare Borgia Art School) as he wanted the Reilly tradition to continue. The school was later renamed: The Reilly League of Artists, Inc. as a not-for-profit art league. Mr. Borgia continued teaching, with a strong emphasis on portrait/figure drawing and painting from life. As well as working from casts, still life and copying old masters. Picture making, landscapes, color, perspective and composition were also taught. Cesare did not limit our education to the old masters, but also to so many great masters of the 1800’s into the early 1900’s. I was in awe of the beautiful works of Bouguereau, Alma-Tadema, Sargent, Sorolla and Paxton, some of my favorites.

I was only able to study part-time, but I immersed myself every week day night for almost 20 years studying, researching, exhibiting, and developing my artistic skills. While an advanced student, I was given the opportunity and challenge to assist new students with basic portrait techniques in oil. As the years progressed and Mr. Borgia’s teaching time became limited I took over teaching the basics, critiquing and encouraging students in the week-end portrait sessions. It was then the desire to teach entered my heart. Eventually, I started instructing interested students in a series of portrait workshops at the League.

Art is my passion — I continue my independent studies through various Workshops and Demonstration Lecture series, as I believe an art education is a lifetime adventure. I enjoy teaching and sharing my knowledge of traditional realism and am especially pleased at the resurgence of this genre of art so evident today.

Whether working in my studio alone, or in painting/sketch groups, or outdoors, I love being able to dedicate each and every day to the ‘art of creating’.

Resume

Exhibits

2022 — Gallery North, Setauket, NY Also: 2021-2005

2022 — Mills Pond House, Smithtown, NY Juried Also: 2021, 2008, 2005

2022 — The Art League of LI, Dix Hills, NY Juried & Members Shows Also: 2020-2005

2022 — Oil Painters of America Online Member Showcase Competition Also: 2021-2013

2022 — Salmagundi Club, NYC Members Juried Shows and Auctions Also: 2021-2007

2022 — The Reboli Center, Stony Brook, NY Invited Also: 2021, 2019, 2017

2021 — Setauket Artists, LI NY Members Show Also: 2020-2011

2021 — Long Island Museum, Stony Brook, NY Juried & Members Show Also: 2019-2008

2021 — Nassau County Museum of Art, NY On Loan to the ‘Songs Without Words’ Exhibition

2021 — The Atelier at Flowerfield, Smithtown, NY Juried Show Also: 2020, 2019

2020 — Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, NYC Juried & Members Shows Also: 2020-2006

2020 — American Artists Professional League Inc., NYC Juried & Members Show Also: 2019-2008

2020 — Audubon Artists, NYC Juried & Members Show Also: 2019-2008

2019 — LI Professional Artists Showcase (7&7), NY Members Show Also: 2014

2019 — Suburban Art League, LI NY Members Shows Also: 2018-2011

2018 — Art League of Nassau County LI, NY Members Show Also: 2017-2011

2017 — Oils Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition Juried

2017 — Huntington Arts Council LI, NY Juried & Members Show Also: 2016-2005

2017 — Barnes Gallery, LI NY Open Group Exhibit

2017 — North Shore Art Guild, NY Juried Also: 2015, 2013

2016 — Home Art Gallery, Port Jefferson, NY Also: 2015

2015 — International ARC Salon/Finalist Juried

2015 — Port Jefferson Village Center, NY Open Group Exhibit

2014 — Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists Juried Also: 2012, 2008, 2007

2013 — American Women Artists/Members Juried Competition

2013 — Huntington Public Library/Main St, NY Solo Exhibit

2013 — Islip Arts Council, LI NY Juried Also: 2011

2012 — Shelter Rock Art Gallery, Manhasset, NY 3 Person Exhibit

2011 — Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY Plein Air Exhibit Also: 2004-1994

2011 — The Art Guild, Manhasset, NY Juried Also: 2008

2011 — Farmingdale Public Library Gallery, NY Solo Exhibit

2011 — National Art League, LI NY Open Group Exhibit

2011 — Gallery at 425, Huntington, NY Solo Exhibit

2011 — Wet Paints Studio Group, LI NY Members Show Also: 2010-2008

2011 — Brookhaven Arts & Humanities Council, NY Open Group Exhibit Also: 2009, 2008, 2006

2010 — Trapani Fine Art Gallery, LI NY Small Works Juried Show

2009 — Phoenix Fine Arts Gallery, LI NY Juried Also: 2007

2007 — East Islip Public Library, LI NY Solo exhibit

2007 — Emma S. Clark Memorial Library, E. Setauket NY Solo Exhibit

2004 — Rye Arts Center Gallery: The Contemporary Portrait Juried Show

2004 — Metropolitan Museum of Art Employees Art Show, NYC Also: 2003-1976

2002 — Bronxville Women’s Club, NY Two Person Show Also: 1990

2001 — Laurel Lakes Winery, LI NY Solo Exhibition

Collections

Stony Brook University Medical Center, NY

Mather Hospital, Port Jefferson, NY

Works in many Private Collections throughout the USA

Awards

2022 — Smithtown Arts Council/Mills Pond Gallery

2020 — Art League of LI Also 2013

2019 — Suburban Art League Also 2018-2011

2019 — Setauket Artists Annual Exhibit Also 2018, 2016

2018 — Art League of Nassau County Also 2017, 2013, 2012

2016 — American Artists Professional League Also 2015, 2014

2015 — North Shore Art Guild Also 2013

2014 — Huntington Arts Council

2011 — Wet Paints Studio Group Also 2008

2008 — Brookhaven Arts & Humanities Council Also 2006

1996 — Pastel Society of America; Salmagundi Award

1986 — New Rochelle Art Association; Third Prize-oil

Affiliations

Oil Painters of America

Salmagundi Club

American Artists Professional League

American Women Artists

Audubon Artists

Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Inc

Portrait Society of America

LI Professional Artists Showcase (7&7)

Art League of Long Island

Setauket Artists

Gallery North

Smithtown Township Arts Council/Mills Pond Gallery

Art Education

2006

Stevenson Academy

1991

National Academy School of Design

1976-86

Reilly League of Artist Inc.; Academic studies

1976

Hunter College, Art History

1972-76

Cesare Borgia Art School

Demonstration Series

2011 — Rob SilvermanOil

2010 — Joel SpectorPastel

2009 — Max GinsburgOil

Workshops

2009 — Juliette Artistides Drawing

2009 — Max Ginsburg Oil

2009 — Dan Slapo Pastels

1989 — Guy Corriero Watercolor

Experience

2022-1986

Private Instructions to Teens and Adults

2015-2012

Teaching Workshops at Gallery North

2007

Judge for The 11th Ann. Multimedia Art Show, Town of Brookhaven

2005-2002

Instructor at The Reilly League of Artists, Inc. Also: 1984-86

1984

Judge for the Westchester Beaux Arts Final

1983-82

President of The Reilly League of Artists, Inc.