Distilling and synthesizing the athmosphere, imagery and spirit from my immediate environment in New York provides the impetus for my paintings. From the new building construction and scaffolding sheds that abound to the light that emanates from the Hudson River running adjacent to my studio building.
This processing of the physical world has influenced my work over the last 30 years, from my early life growing up in rural Ireland all the way through to the metropolis where I now live.
I strive to be open, inventive and expressive with these observations and feelings, which I try to sincerely convey in my paintings.
Carter Ratcliff, following a recent visit to my studio, wrote in the Brooklyn Rail about my work “…. your paintings are so strong because they let us see, at first glance, what they are about, and then persuade us, at second glance, that they are not about that at all—are not “evocations of the urban landscape,” but a means of conveying not only your experience of that landscape, but also your feeling for what goes on there. After all, an environment, no matter how micro, is inhabited, and I always have the feeling that your syncopated grids are very densely inhabited.”