[Painting] makes us the inhabitants of a world to which the familiar
is a chaos. It reproduces the common universe of which we are
portions and percipients, and it purges from our inward sight the
film of familiarity which obscures from us the wonder of our
—Percy Bysshe Shelley, A Defence of Poetry

While great paintings may serve as alternative realities to some, the
practice of painting or picture making is a blissful addiction to
others. My only endeavor in painting is to continue to learn the
craft and maintain my state of bliss; however I do admire those
who use painting to ask questions about the human condition or
those who try to influence modes of thinking. At this point in my
career I’m enjoying the freedom to experiment and search for the
limits of painting by scrubbing at the film of familiarity.


B. 1971 Baltimore, MD


1999-2001 M.F.A., The New York Academy of Art
– The Graduate School of Figurative Art
1997-1998 Figure Study, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid
1991-1995 B.F.A., The Schuler School of Fine Art, Baltimore
1992 The Maryland Institute College Of Art
1988 Summer School, The Schuler School of Fine Art


2006 T.H.A.N. Benefit for the New York Academy,
Phillips De Pury and Co., NYC
2005 Beauty and the Beast, Silvermine Arts Guild,
New Cannan CT Art Miami, Arcadia Gallery
2004 Justin Wiest Paintings, H. Pelham Curtis Gallery, New Canaan CT
N.Y.A.A Alumni, Strico Gallery, NYC
Inside/ Outside, Silvermine Arts Guild, New Canaan CT
Figure Now, Westport Center for the Arts, Westport CT Spectrum, Betty
Barker Gallery, New Canaan CT
2003 T.H.A.N. Benefit for The New York Academy, Soethby’s NYC 2002
American Artists Professional League, Salmagundi Club NYC
T.H.A.N. Benefit for The New York Academy, Christie’s NYC 2001
Galleria Rossi, Italy
1998 The Baltimore Realists
The Butler Institute, The Washington County Museum of Art, Johns
Hopkins University
1997 The Circulo de Bellas Artes Summer Exhibit


2004 Spectrum, 1st Place in oil, New Canaan CT
Philadephia Sketch Club, 1st Place for Watercolor
2001 Honorable Mention, Philadelphia Sketch Club
2002 National Society of Painters in Casein,
The John J. Newman Medal, NYC
32nd Annual Pasack Art Association Fine Art Show, Best in Show, NJ
1995 The Maryland Art Association, 1st Place
1993 The York Art Association, Best in Show, PA
The New Rochelle Art Association, Honorable Mention, NY
1992 The Stacey Scholarship


Allview Chapel, MD. Annunciation Altarpiece
General Electric, CT. Shelton Corporate Headquarters