2017 - My portrait of John Keats won 9th Place in the Commissioned
Portrait category from the
Portrait Society of America - out of over 1000 entries to their annual Member's Competition.
It was commissioned by the
Princeton Future Council as part of a seasonal outdoor exhibit on the English Romantics Poets in Dohm Alley in Princeton NJ.
Keats coined the phrase Negative Capability - the idea that the artist, if receptive to mystery and uncertainty, can gain universal truths (i.e. concepts of 'beauty') outside of the pressure and framework of logic or science.
As a sculptor I've always been interested in the illusory effects of light and sculpture, so I displayed the mold. Ambient light and the viewer's openness to perception allows the form to mysteriously vacillate between positive and negative. Here's the clay model (the positive).
2016 - My death mask of Gillett. In June 2016, Princeton's beloved curator, collector, and
Gillett Griffin passed away. I'd been a friend of Gillett's for a short while, and had given him a copy
of a map from 1803 indicating his house was the "smith," a fact he already knew, but was very pleased to
see on an engraved map. When Gillett died, my artist friend Andor Orand, who had known
him for more than thirty years, asked me to make the mask. Gillett was an accomplished
sculptor and painter and we believe he would have approved.
The Portrait Society of America gave me a 2014 Merit Award for my bas relief portrait of the Reverend Alison Boden, Dean of the Princeton University Chapel. This portrait features the Dean's favorite robe with dogwood blossoms, and a bank of gothic windows in her office, one of her favorite places.