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Gifts of Art

If you’re interested in the work of emerging artists, a benefit being held at the National Arts Club is the place to be on September 9th.  At the Gifts of Art exhibit, 21 artists, who study at the Art Students League in New York City will be selling their watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings to benefit the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Attendees may also enter in a grand raffle and silent auction with more than 60 prizes donated by NYC wineries, restaurants, health professionals, celebrity chefs, Broadway theaters, fitness centers and more. This fundraising event is in memory of Laura Burdick Sherman, who passed away from breast cancer last year.

Stacey Sager, from ABC-TV will be making a special appearance. Admission is free.

As one of the 21 featured artists and having had breast cancer myself, I have a personal stake in this exhibit.  Both of my two included paintings were created while I was recovering from cancer and waiting for my hair to grow back and both remind me of how precious life is.



At the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South @20 St.

Friday, September 9 from 6-10 pm

Hope you can make it.

The exhibition looks pretty good

Spent a couple of hours hanging 12 paintings from the 1100 Watercolor Society on the stairwell walls of the St. Agnes Public Library, 444 Amsterdam Avenue @81st St.  The exhibition looks pretty good, if I do say so myself.

Just a few samples:

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Tony Spano's "Calico Dreamer"

Tony Spano’s “Calico Dreamer”

Sara Market's "Cityscape"

Sara Market’s “Cityscape”

Ruth Hurd's "Quilt"

Ruth Hurd’s “Quilt”

Come to the reception on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 5:00-6:45.

My paintings in Gifts of Art Fundraiser for MSK Cancer Research at the National Arts Club on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016

Twenty-two artists (of which I am one) from the Art Students League are joining together for a Gifts of Art fundraiser for Memorial Sloan Kettering cancer research at the National Arts Club on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016.  Each of us will be selling 2 paintings and 50% of the sale price will go to cancer research. In addition to the good art, there will be good food, raffles and goodie bags.

This fundraiser means a lot to me since I am a  two-time cancer survivor. The two watercolors I am selling were both painted when I was recovering from cancer treatment. Both paintings signal to me the period when I went from being a victim of cancer to a survivor with a future.  I was in Florida, trying to grow my hair back and hoping it would be curly (it was, but not for long) and hoping I would stay skinny (again, not for long). (You know, there are worse things to worry about than straight hair and not so skinny.)  Both paintings are supremely positive, hopeful reminders of how fragile but wonderful life can be.

Here’s one of my paintings:

Elephant Ears

Elephant Ears

This plant, with its strangely appropriate but funny name, made me smile. And painting it kept me smiling. Worth its weight in gold.

I’ve reduced the price of each of my two paintings because I really want them to sell.  50% of the sales price goes to MSK Cancer Center, an organization I wholeheartedly support.

Please come to the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South (20th Street, west of Park) on Friday, Sept. 9th at  for a fun evening with good art, good food and drink, raffles, goodie bags.  I really really hope I see you there.

My painting in St. Agnes Library Exhibit

My painting, Quilt, will be in the St. Agnes Library exhibit from Sept. 2-28, 2016. The reception will be Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 5:00-6:45 pm. The Library is at 444 Amsterdam Avenue, near 81st. Street.  Hope to see you there.


Quilt           15×12            $800

I was taken with the quilt pattern and imagined the colored squares rising up and moving around.  Of course, there were also flowers and fruit and a stool and… Well the setup at the League in the summer is always chaotic. I just used the quilt to try and make sense of it all.

My painting at the Salmagundi

I’m so excited that my painting, Running the Rapids, has been accepted into the Salmagundi Club’s 2016 Non-Member Exhibition.

Running the Rapids

Running the Rapids      18×24      $1400

The show runs from Monday, July 18 through Friday, July 29th, 2016, 1-6 M-F, 1-5 Sa-Su. The Awards Reception is Friday, July 29, 7-9pm. The Salmagundi Club is at 47 Fifth Avenue @ 11th Street, New York, NY 10003.

I was experimenting with different blues and raw sienna using a rubber wedge to move the paint around. The result reminded me of my camping days running the rapids: tumultuous, exhilarating, a little dangerous, but fun…much like my relationship with acrylic paint so far.

Hope to see you at the reception on July 29.

O’Cain Class Show has wonderful, varied work.

We just finished hanging it in the Gallery at the Art Students League, and the O’Cain Class Show has wonderful, varied work, if I do say so myself.

Some examples:

My paintings on Yupo

Three of my acrylic paintings on Yupo.


O'Cain Class Project

The O’Cain Class Project

The O’Cain Class Project was painted horizontally but hung vertically.  Of the paintings on the left, the bottom one is mine.

And a further example of the varied work in this show:

Varied work in O'Cain Class Show

Varied work in O’Cain Class Show

The show is pretty impressive.  It will only be up for a week (Jan. 11-18), so don’t miss it. The Gallery is open generally from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm

New Acrylic Paintings in Class Show

Frank O’Cain’s Abstract Sketch Class is having its class show at the Art Students League, January 11-17, 2016.  I will have 4 new acrylic paintings in the class show.  Come to see the show in the 2nd floor Gallery, M-F 9am-8:30pm; Sat 9-3.

The Watcher  is more like some of my recent watercolor paintings, but in acrylic.  The other 3 (not shown here) are acrylic on Yupo and very different.

The Watcher

The Watcher       11×15       $750

This started as a watercolor sketch (in blue) from my afternoon Abstract Sketch class. There was a model, although that’s hard to tell from this painting. I can see the hand, the model’s vest, the stool he was sitting on … but that’s only because I was there.

Later in the week, as an experiment, I decided to work in blue, green and blue-green acrylic, plus white.

Sometimes, you just don’t know what will work until you try it. It’s not a color combination I’ve ever tried before.




Art Exhibit at 96 Street Public Library

The 1100 Watercolor Society (of which I am a member) is having an art exhibit at the 96 Street Public Library (Lex – Park) from January 4 through January 29, 2016.  Artists Reception: Saturday, January 9, 2016 2-4pm (Lower Level).

I have three paintings in this exhibit, all of which I like, but one of which represents a change in direction for me.

I Can Fly

I Can Fly      18×24      $1400

Frustrated by my inability to capture the wonderful pattern in a scarf in our complicated still life set-up at the Art Students League, I washed out the whole thing. When all that was left were vague shadows of the previous painting, I grabbed a big brush and just started swooping in the color. Because I wasn’t worried about ruining anything, (or creating a “masterpiece” for that matter), the painting just happened.

At the end of the summer, I was getting ready to start working in acrylic, something that simultaneously thrilled and terrified me. This painting says: Everything is going to be okay. I can fly.

Winter Rocks wins First Place for Watercolor

My painting, Winter Rocks, won First Place for Watercolor at the Vintage Artists Gallery’s 36th Annual Art Show.

Winter Rocks

Winter Rocks, 15 x 11.5, $750

Winter Rocks is a reflection of the brutally cold  winter we experienced this year in New York. After a snow, the craggy rocks in Riverdale look like they could be in the Rockies, or the Alps.  I love the fact that you really can’t tell the scale.

The exhibit will be open weekdays from 9:00 – 4:30 until June 16. The gallery is located at 2600 Netherland Avenue, Bronx, NY 10463; 718-884-5900.

A retrospective of my work

The September exhibit at The Interchurch Center is effectively a retrospective of my work, including 19 paintings of mine going back to 2000 :

Weather Beaten

Weather Beaten, 3.5 x 6, $300

through my trip to Vietnam in 2008,

On the Perfume River

On the Perfume River, 10 x 7, $500

through the beginnings of abstraction in 2009 when I started zooming in on things,


Croton, 14 x 10, $700

through winter in New York City in 2011 when rocks next to the West Side Highway started looking like the Swiss Alps,

City Snow V

City Snow V, 14 x 10, $700

and paintings from my trip to Iceland in 2012 really started looking otherworldly,

All the Sky's a Stage

All the Sky’s a Stage, 16 x 12, $850

to my current work on Yupo where rocks flow like water (based on a trip to China).

Dragon Path

Dragon Path, 14×10.5, $725

The exhibit will open Monday, September 8 and close Friday, October 3 (M-F 9am – 5pm), with a reception on Thursday, September 18, 5-7:30. Please come and join me at the exhibit at The Interchurch Center, 61 Claremont (120th Street one block west of Broadway) in Manhattan.  You can see more information about these and other paintings of mine at