The transcendent possibilities inherent in painting compel me to speak in a visual language. The need to communicate through line, form, texture, and color is overwhelming and literally beyond words. As a realist artist working from an abstract reference point, I search for the painting’s essence, to find its inherent visual power. I strive to push myself further artistically, to throw myself into the creative process, to push my love of line, color and shape in meaningful, new directions. Ultimately, I think the passion and honesty in that search give my artwork its resonance. For me, a successful work of art has its own energy that the viewer can feel. I know how I feel when I look at art that moves and inspires, and gives me hope. I want to share that with others.
I earned a BA in Art History from Brandeis University and began my formal training as a sculptor, earning an MFA Parsons School of Design. I studied at the New York Studio School. During this period I began studying painting with John Adams Griefen, along with a small group of artists who share a commitment to a more formalist tradition. I have focused on painting, ever since. Over the years, I have been accepted to numerous international professional workshops, including Triangle Artists’ Workshop, Vermont Studio School, Emma Lake and the Leighton Foundation. I am a founding member of SOMI Fine Art Gallery, in Flemington. I have been exhibiting my work regularly and am in a number of prestigious collections. In addition to showing my work, I also teach drawing and painting to students of all ages and levels of experience. I have taught from my studio, as well as at different colleges and art institutions.
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For the last five years, I have been painting on silk with dyes, creating silk scarves. The immediacy of the dye on the silk is quite seductive. Although creating a scarf is labor intensive, the freshness of the pieces keep calling me back. Once I put the brush to the silk, that’s it. This spontaneity has informed my paintings and my overall body of work. Painting on silk is another expressive direction for me as an artist and a means by which people can have art in their lives in a different capacity, as wearable art.
I have also been exploring monoprints, which has brought another burst of creative experimentation and freedom to my work. I am becoming increasingly obsessed. I am absolutely loving this new medium and the infinite creative possibilities it has brought to my life. I’ve recently come full circle, finding my way back to clay, hand building ceramic pieces and learning to throw. I’m still very much a beginner when it comes to the wheel and glazing, but again, the creative juices are flowing. It’s all part of a restless mind and heart.
I teach drawing and painting to students of all ages and levels of experience. Currently, I teach adults at the Hunterdon Art Museum, a wonderful place from which I draw inspiration and hopefully, give back to my students. I have taught at DuCret School of the Arts and Raritan Valley Community College, among others. I draw from my Art History background so that students have a context for their own work. They also have the chance to educate their eye.
I teach privately from my studio. from my studio, as well. Please contact me and we can discuss creating an individual program for you.