I was fortunate to grow up in New York City with a world of great art easily accessible. As a teenager I studied at the Art Students League and spent my free time at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Frick Museum. Summers offered a different and equally compelling world. For ten weeks every summer my family lived in a small Adirondack cabin. There were few organized activities and from a very early age I was free to roam woods and rural lanes collecting plant specimens and learning their names.
This duality of city and country has continued to enrich my life. I lived for many years in the Bay Area where I earned my MFA at UC Berkeley and spent a decade working at the San Francisco Botanical Gardens. For three years I lived in the rural outskirts of Pune, India absorbing a new landscape and studying Indian miniature paintings.
In 2008 I moved to the small town of Randolph, Vermont. I now devote my time entirely to painting and am surrounded by great natural beauty. I would have expected to be painting birch trees and rolling meadows, but life is quirky and I am painting the conflict between plant life and the often beautiful wasteland of industrial production and man made disasters.
I’ve been experimenting with small, mostly wood assemblage sculptures for a while – found materials used as is. Lately, I can’t resist painting them. Click http://www.sverdlove.net/new-sculptures/ to see some examples.