I grew up in a small town in Southern New Jersey that was largely farm land. In my lifetime I have witnessed it transform into an over developed suburban sprawl. I always felt this change was not for the better and am sad to see America become a uniform maze of developments, malls, big box stores, and fast food establishments. It’s a quality of life issue. Sadly, unique properties and landmarks are obliterated in favor of homogeneity. I originally enrolled in a pre-vet program at Rutgers University. A large animal practice was the objective. Eventually my introduction to and love for art took precedence with animals, of course, being my favorite subjects. Artists like Paulus Potter, Rubens, George Stubbs, Rosa Bonheur, Gericault, Landseer, and Munnings were major influences for their own focus on animals in their works.
I feel the environment is the key issue today. We are dismal stewards of this planet. Humanity has taken earth to the breaking point and it’s time to back off. What good are all the material gains in the world if you can’t drink the water or breathe the air? I try to make people more aware of the natural realm through my work.