I grew up in an enormous family. My interest in narrative originates from the sharing of traditional, mythical, biblical, and personal stories from childhood. I am invested in the human spirit emotionally, psychologically, and visually. My siblings and I brought varied spirits literally and figuratively to the table each night; among them, the wild man, the saint, the hero, the goddess, and the martyr…a hopeful, unpredictable range of characters frequently found in my pieces.
I have taught figure drawing and painting at the college level for many years and have found my own family members along with students, inspirational. They are often models in my work as I search ideas of proximity, loss, belief, and joy, within the narrative of home.
I focus on the drawn and painted figure in shallow, often patterned, layered spaces, wanting the intimacy of this limited space. Working from a community of family, friends, and students, I am encouraged by the sense of story that naturally accompanies a psychologically driven subject.
As a figurative draftsman and painter with an MFA in Painting and Drawing from Brooklyn College and a BFA in Drawing from the University of New Hampshire, I have shown both regionally and nationally and been recognized with over fifty drawing and painting awards. I am a member of the Pastel Society of America, the Portrait Society of America, the Cambridge, Lowell, Newburyport and New Hampshire Art Associations, as well as the Women’s Caucus for the Arts. One may see my work in magazines including ‘Manifest INPA and INDA, Poets and Artists, Strokes of Genius, Studio Visit, New Hampshire Magazine, Boston Voyager, and Pastel Journal.
I currently teach as BFA Visual Arts Faculty at the Institute of Art and Design at New England College in Manchester, NH.
Russian novelist, Leo Tolstoy suggested, ‘A work of art destroys, in the consciousness of the receiver, the separation between himself and the artist…and in the isolation, in the uniting of it with others, lies the chief…force of art.” It is my intention to unite art with life.