I was born in New York City, March 20th, 1968. I am a classically trained visual artist, having studied drawing and painting at SUNY Purchase and The School of Visual Arts in New York City from 1987-1990. I have always been creative, even as a child, I was a prolific drawer. I grew up surrounded by fine art and artists in NYC in the mid to late 1970’s.
The walls of the apartment I grew up in Manhattan were always filled with original, abstract paintings and fine art prints. As a child, I enjoyed a large library of art history and painting techniques books which I absorbed over my formative younger years. Growing up on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, I was fortunate to be able to visit many New York City Art museums and galleries on a regular basis. My mother, Frances Lassiter, was founder and chairman of the fine arts department of The New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, Long Island.
My parents, Norman and Frances Lassiter, produced fine art screen prints for many premiere fine artists of that time and I personally was able to visit artist homes, their studios and galleries as a child. Being able to visit the studios of Jasper Johns, Romare Bearden, Leroy Neiman, Red Grooms and Richard Anuskiezwicz made a powerful and lasting impression upon my outlook on fine art and the fine art process.
By the late 80’s to early 90’s I became interested in exploring video as an artistic medium. I created video art installations and television Public Service Announcements spots for several non-profit arts organizations in Las Vegas, Nevada in the mid to late ’90s.
I have won several awards for my video production works. I never stopped thinking about painting but for many years, I left painting aside to pursue my interest in video and television production. I found it important to explore alternative art mediums besides painting and as such, I have enjoyed a long career in the television industry as a master control operator.
In 2009, I returned to painting and have worked very hard to quickly mature my painting technique into a “signature style”. Heavily inspired and influenced by Rothko’s color field paintings, I consider my paintings to be “Rothko Revival” works. Since Rothko died in 1970, I feel it is appropriate to re-explore this beautiful painting style and be able to enjoy viewing and experiencing this type of work in person, as most original Rothkos are in the select enclaves of museums and private collections.
I only hope to approach the emotional impact of Rothko’s original works. I currently live in Columbia, Missouri with my wife Rachael and my cat, Detra.