Artist of the Season
Photo by Fabiola Garcia of the University of the Arts
Current Featured Artist | Summer
Resident, 1515 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia has been my home for nearly thirty years now. In that time, I have had the privilege to travel to many cities in the world, but Philadelphia is where I grew up creatively and intellectually. It is where I have unlocked my abilities to paint and to draw.
I came to this great old town in 1979 to become a commercial artist at the Hussian School of Art to major in illustration. Hussian at that time was located on 13th and Arch. It was then the oldest commercial art school in Philly and uniquely housed a very excellent Fine Arts Program. In my third year, the allure of oil painting coerced me into studying at the Academy and competing for the top prizes and the possibility of travel. This also exposed me to the unique mentorships offered.
After four years of intense study and competition, I received the top prize and scholarship and was invited back for a free year. I elected instead to travel and to continue my post-graduate work abroad. The more cities I traveled to and lived in, the more I realized Philadelphia was the artist’s home where I began, and I happily returned to spend the rest of my career here. Philadelphia’s great past has been vital in nurturing my artistic growth, as well as the promise of its future, the coming excitement of the Barnes Foundation leading the way.
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