I began painting in 1992, after realizing there must have been a reason why my teacher, Baba Muktanananda, used to call me "The Painter" — even though, until then, I had never picked up a paint brush or ever once thought about a career as an artist.
My first painting was a portrait of my teacher — a painting that astounded me and many others who assumed, upon viewing it, that I must have been painting for my entire life. It was then I realized that I had a gift and that the rest of my life was going to be the adventure of exploring the depths of that gift — which is what I am doing now, focusing primarily on portraiture (people and pets), landscapes, and mosaics.
New York's Hudson Valley where I currently live, is my adopted home. I was born in Paris, lived for a time in Rome, India, and New York City, and am now dividing my time between Woodstock, NY and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Inspired by the natural beauty of the Hudson Valley and Mexico, as well as the many extraordinary people I've met in my travels, my painting embodies the three aspects of life that are most meaningful to me: beauty, soul, and the quest for heartfelt connection.
Most recently, my work has been suffused with the spirit, sacredness, and color of Mexico, my subjects being a mix of street vendors, elders, and costumed dancers from various indigenous traditions.
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