Grew up on Cape Cod
Lives & works in Raleigh, NC
1993 - 1995 MEd. Xavier University, Montessori Education
1979 - 1983 B.S. Skidmore College, Fine Art
1978 Boston College, Summer Animation Program
One of my earliest memories is making sculptures in the sand with plaster. I was very young and my neighbor was studying to be an art teacher. Having grown up on Cape Cod I was constantly surrounded by nature. The change of seasons were marked, in my mind, by the color of the sunlight, the hues of blue in the ocean, and the evolution of foliage.
I have long been attracted to mixed media art. Using materials out of context, combining textures with color, are chosen to create an element of surprise. My studio is filled with containers of fabric, papers, wires, ribbons, sequins, jewels and broken pieces of toys, computers and jewelry. This is the pallet I pull from as I construct an environment.
Women Role Models: These works come from my desire to celebrate women, from the past and present who’s voices bare listening to.The composition, texture and colors of each environment is intended to not only define the woman but welcome the viewer into their space. l've chosen a mermaid tail as a symbol of the Goddess within them. Each role model piece is encased in a handmade box with a frame and museum quality glass.The boxes that contain each environment define the limitation of each women’s influence.
Landscapes: Most of these are my newer works. My intention is to use color to generate a composition that is influenced by a place I have been. I take photos when I travel. I paint them so I can return to that moment at any time.
Headboards: When I first began painting, back in college, I loved to paint big. The action of working on a canvas that is bigger than myself. My headboards take this to a new level by creating a landscape that you can sleep with. Using a similar approach to color as with my landscape panting only on a much bigger scale. I welcome commissions.