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mike-headshot-bw-150Growing up in Southern New Jersey, a mostly flat region, devoid of vistas, valleys and sublime grandeur, I’ve nevertheless been intrigued and inspired by the simple, undulating lines of the landscape around me. I find something pleasing and engaging about the horizontal line. My sense is that our world is experienced in a relatively narrow window of view running left and right, with vertical elements becoming an interruption, a tension to our natural tendency.

In my paintings I experiment with the criss-crossing of treelines, edges of fields, riverbanks and sweeping clouds. Working in a small format, my pastels are applied, rarely with strokes, but by pushing, twisting and dragging, allowing for a certain amount of uncontrolled results and unexpected details to develop. The most successful works are often a surprise and become a gift to myself.