After a successful business venture with calligraphic art, I transitioned into a career as a full-time portrait and figurative artist represented by various galleries throughout the U.S. Drawing has always held the greatest appeal in my art of choice. In many of my works I combine realism and abstraction in stylized works. Color-shape-pattern-texture and especially line are elements that continue to be my foremost source of inspiration. Realism in my drawing indulges the side of me that loves detail, challenging me technically. Abstraction reflects my interest in color and form which allows me to work more loosely with more fluidity. I'm a self-taught artist learning by trial and error —I’ve read a library of art books. I've produced works for the ballet, the opera and the theater, all while painting hundreds of portraits and figurative works of humans and animals My favorites were and continue to be the animals, who exhibit unconditional love, beauty and innocence. I've had a long-standing interest in art deco, art nouveau and Japanese wood block prints and have integrated several of these elements into my art. I use the male/female and animal figures as vehicles for exploring line-shape-color and design. My hand-painted works are executed in a variety of media and scale on archival surfaces and in many instances taken totally from my imagination. My art is not the future or the past but my vision of contemporary figures with old world sophistication. Since 1988 I've been a Lifetime Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America located in the Historic National Arts Club in New York City. The Pastel Society of America is the oldest and most highly respected Pastel Society in America and is largely responsible for the renaissance of pastels internationally.