Introduction from Patreon

I've been told my paintings are funny, defiant, and real and I think those are perfect adjectives to describe my art but my feelings about my work are evolving. As a result of an exceptionally difficult year, I have learned that instead of my focus being on defiance based on my past, my new work is moving into an emotional space that sets my mind at ease for my future. Now don't get me wrong, the balance of getting older and finding peace with my past is ongoing and I'm sure some intense work is in my future. But right now my art is about my capacity of letting go and looking on the brighter side of things as a way to handle a world I'm much too sensitive for. My art is giving me energy these days and not weighing me down.

I created my Patreon page to share my work privately but also to ask for financial support. Artists like myself have recognition but that doesn't equate to financial independence. I want to continue to create meaningful art without thinking about money all the time. I feel that money can complicate and distort the creative process. With your help, I can paint what I want to paint and you can enjoy the process exclusively.

So what is Patreon? Patreon in an online platform where patrons can pay a small monthly fee to see my posts. It's not like Kickstarter. It's more like Netflix. 

What can you expect for your generosity? Posts and videos about everything that goes on in my studio and my career. You'll learn and see my process and read the stories behind the paintings. I've created several financial tiers from $2 to $30 a month, each of which will grant you access to more and more content and offers of free archival prints, discounts on paintings, etc...

My Patreon page is constantly evolving just like my work. I hope you'll join me for the ride and help support my creative goals.

Getting Your Portrait Painted Is Trendy Again!

How exciting to see this article in Bloomberg! I think it's about time. There are so many talented artists that are out there struggling to make a living and this could be just what they need to support themselves without Gallery representation (I'll soon post about my thoughts on representation another day). Portraiture has a long history and it was the Egyptians who began the era of using portraits as a way to posthumously represent their dead.

I hope this article begins a new era where original portraits take center stage. A renaissance!

Below is a portrait I did of Howard Tullman, a renowned collector from Chicago. I approached him and he loved the idea of a portrait showing his bad habit of drinking too much Diet Coke. It was an original and humorous approach to portraiture that represented his personality as uniquely his own.

So if you are looking to commission a portrait that is unique like his, check out my work and give me a call at 845-233-0082. You can also visit my commission page that has more information about the process and a few of the paintings I've done. My clients will be delighted to talk to you about how it was to work with me.

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Patreon supports artists. Will you too?

Welcome potential Patrons!

A little bit about me. I have a fabulous son who is in 11th grade, a husband who's the best, and 2 entertaining pets named Apollo and Cooper. In a past life I owned a small boutique design agency that served the financial industry for 20+ years. But the 2008 financial collapse changed everything. The carnage was fast and furious and I lost almost 80% of my business. You'd think I was devastated but in fact I was kind of relieved. I had been thinking about getting out of the business. The financial crisis gave me an out.

Fast forward 10 years and I'm now a full-time fine artist painting photo realistic portraits, nudes, and oysters in my studio on a mountain in the Hudson Valley a few hours North of New York City. I've been told my paintings are funny, defiant, and real and I think those are perfect adjectives to describe my art.

In the early days, the beauty of social media was being able to share my work in progress images, see what other artist were doing, feeling of sense of community, and lots of networking. But it's no longer the case. So I created my Patreon page because I'm tired of the clutter, advertisements, censorship, and no one seeing my posts.

So what is Patreon?

Patreon in an online platform where patrons can pay a small monthly fee to see my posts. It's not like Kickstarter. It's more like Netflix. 

What can you expect if you sign-up and become a patron?

You'll be the first to see what's going on in the studio! I'll be posting work in progress and reference photos, videos, news, Q&A events, tips, freebies, first view and purchase options of final paintings, discounts, and so much more. For your convenience, I've created several award tiers each of which will grant you access to more and more content. They begin at $1 a month.

My main goal is to create a community for my collectors, fellow art lovers, and like minded artists who want to support my art and participate in the development of paintings as they are being created. if you have any questions email me.

As always, thanks for your support.