I'm not ashamed to admit that I've lived a little...

In fact during my early years when I was living as an American in Paris I had such a beautiful life living as a bohemian in the streets of Paris.  Many of my closest friends were also artists, dancers, and cabaret and circus performers.  We used to spend our nights out in the streets of Paris then sleeping until late afternoon until it was time again to go hanging out in the cafés of Montmartre and Pigalle. Back then I was young, naive, fearless, and very carefree.


The galleries in Paris were a form of art and entertainment and a way of loving life (not to mention a place where starving artists could get a free meal).  The Museé D'Orsay was where I first discovered and immediately fell in love with Picasso, Matisse, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Degas, Maurice Denis, Cezanne among others... After spending so much time in galleries and hanging out with painters, dancers, and writers, we'd often end up in private soireés (all night parties) until the early morning light.  During this time I was most influenced by the Fauves and the French Expressionists. 


So when I started painting, it's no wonder that I become a cross between an American Fauve and a French Expressionist. In any case, that's how I went from being a "American in Paris" to painting as an American artist influenced by the French style of art.  I couldn't help it; it was what came out of me naturally. 


My favorite Fauve was Matisse. To me he was a TOTAL daredevil.  I had never seen art like that before!!! I was especially impressionable and captivated by how unabashedly bold and authentic French artists were in person and how they expressed their feelings directly on the canvas without concern for letting anything get in their way.  I suppose that's why I enjoy being alone in my studio...  


My own private collection reflects mostly European and American artists in the style of the modern masters I admire.  Having lived in Paris, my collection reflects my admiration for Picasso and Kanas, including works from a Russian-born friend and artist named Natalya.  Years later I was fortunate to study in Vermont with an American master named Bill Brauer, who is also a great teacher and human being. My collection includes Shaun McNiff, who I greatly respect and admire as a leader of the creative arts movement.  He was also one of my greatest mentors, helping me to have my own successful career in the arts. 


I collected many works by Glenn G. My collection even includes a painting from Max Cate, immediately purchasing Cate's painting of a red horse because it struck its simplicity and purity and reminiscent of  Matisse. 


I also have many revolving paintings from less known artists whose works I love. I was lucky enough to acquire most of my collection of other artists directly from the artists when they were still affordable. In general, my private collection gravitates towards works that express strong bold, expressive, raw, authentic emotions. What I love most about these works is that I can see and feel their unique personalities come through.

Artist as Collector