Self Portrait

On a canvas, my voice is only limited by my imagination. There are no rules, no bounds, no control. From an early age, I have always resorted to drawing and painting in times of despair, confusions, joy, and conflicts. Growing up poor, and seeing the world mostly from the side of daily toils that yield only enough for another day's toil, I did not see becoming an artist as an option. So after my freshmen year in LaGuardia High School as an art major, I transferred to Stuyvesant. Thereafter, I sent myself to college and law school. Now I am a lawyer enforcing workers' rights to better their working conditions. It is work that's hard and exhilarating. But painting remained my source of mental and emotional freedom. Here, I share with you what I see.

I have taken classes at different institutions in NYC where I live and work. I primarily spend my time studying the works of great painters and paint in my home studio late into the night. I am inspired by the colors of Paul Cezanne; the confidence in Alice Neel's lines and expressiveness in her subjects; and the passion of Isidre Nonell to paint the socially ostracized at a time when they were invisible. In sum, I am mainly a self-taught painter. I hope you follow me on this journey.