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What inspires you to create art? The way light can transform an object is wonderfully exciting.

How would you describe your style? It depends on the day and the kind of idea I want to express. I don’t like the idea of being pigeonholed to one style of art—37 years as an oil painter have seen me experiment with all manner of expressions.

How did you first get interested in art? My elementary-school art teacher, Mr. McGuire, helped me draw a well pump. It was amazing watching him draw. Something clicked in me; even though I was just a kid, I knew what I wanted to be.

Where did you study art? I earned a Bachelor of Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, but that was just the beginning of a lifelong study of art.

I tend to have a lot of ideas for paintings floating around in my head at one time. It’s the idea that keeps resurfacing, being painted in my mind, that gets me excited to begin work. I am also a piddler; I spend a lot of time “fixin’” to start work, getting

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