Born in Washington, D.C., I lived in Manhattan for 24 years before moving to rural Nova Scotia in 1984. After studying English Literature at Brown University, I went on to Yale for painting (under the influence of Josef Albers). After twenty years teaching at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (NSCAD University) in Halifax, I now teach only ocassionally. Mainly, I paint. It is all about communication, even without words.
To me, New York was always the center of the universe. I thought it should separate from New York State, if not from the United States itself. When I was in art school, a friend of mine told me if you want to be an artist, you have to live in New York. He moved to Providence, R.I. where he lives still. I am now a proud Canadian citizen. The Garden of Eden is my back yard. (No apples, though.) It would be hard not to like it in NS. I was glad to leave NYC by the time I did, although it wasn’t planned for long. Like most Americans, I didn’t really know on which side of the continent Nova Scotia was before I first visited (and bought a house by the ocean).
After a few moves around the area, I have settled into a house I designed (with the help of an architect friend) and built by a lake. I love to swim in the summer, have a paddle-boat and canoe, and to walk on the lake in the winter. I’ve been learning tai chi, qi gong and studying Traditional Chinese Medicine. I live with my Portuguese Water Dog, Lila. She is my fourth dog; the other three were Golden Retrievers.
When I moved to Canada in 1984, with Aaron, my (then teenage) son, my daughter Tamar stayed behind in NYC to pursue a career in film. After living for some time in Los Angeles, she is now in the NYC area with her husband and son, writing. Aaron has moved between Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, the U.K. and does illustration and graphic design.
What I am like: I am sometimes outgoing and personable and yet often very reserved and introspective. I am independent, spend a lot of time alone with my work, yet enjoy people. I’m not a great housekeeper (especially not my studio) but I might rearrange dishes in my dishwasher to suit my taste, but that is about it. Generally, I am not overly structured but am very disciplined and responsible. I could be described as a domesticated dreamer.