My work might be labeled a combination of literal and abstract, a meeting of contrasts. The paintings are inspired by the shifting weather of the Catskill Mountains rural landscape with its transitory horizons and unique moments of light created when sky meets land. My aim is to use the landscape to stir feelings of longing, promise, and the passage of time, while my process has become a response to color, suggesting rather than spelling out detail. The paintings have been called “dream-like”, composed of generous skies, mist shrouded mountains, and low horizons. Some of the paintings are of actual places. Some are imagined. They are all bits and pieces of observation.
I am strictly a studio painter, and of late I rarely use photographs for reference. I spend a lot of time looking. I often get so deep into the work that I lose all perspective about whether it’s good or not, whipsawing back and forth between the extremes – it’s the best painting I’ve ever done, it’s the worst. I may walk past a painting in progress and shield my eyes so I don’t have to look at it, and won’t spend hours changing something that I might regret and want to change back again tomorrow. Other times I will sneak up on it for a look, as if the painting would somehow change if I approached directly, or I could surprise myself and see it anew, deciding then if I liked it.
I haven’t always been a painter. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts from Keuka College where I was trained in the classical style of painting, I became a Kindergarten teacher. Later, I studied illustration and design at The Corcoran College of Art in Washington DC, and digital painting at the Pratt Center for Computer Graphics in New York. In the early 1970’s I began a career in Graphic Design starting as an “apprentice”. Eventually I became Vice President, Director of Graphic Design at Fulton & Partners Inc. and Design Director of ID Magazine in New York where I worked from 1973-1987 before founding Fuller Design Inc.
My work has been cited for excellence by The Society of Illustrators, American Institute of Graphic Arts, "The New York Times", "Communication Arts Magazine", "Print Magazine", and The New York Art Directors Club among others.
Paintings have been shown at: Munson Williams Proctor Institute, Utica, NY Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Wayzata, MN The Catskill Center Erpf Gallery, Arkville, NY The Roxbury Arts Group, Roxbury, NY Enderlin Gallery, Roxbury, NY Wawaka Gallery, Halcottsville, NY Longyear Gallery, Margaretville, NY