ABOUT/BIO 

MS - Art Education, 2000

BS - Fine Art, 1986

College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY

EDUCATION

I'm a fine artist and illustrator specializing in painting and drawing both on and off the computer. I have always loved to draw and paint natural subjects, motivated by the colors and details of my subjects. I started my career as a graphic designer and illustrator before returning to school to earn my Masters in Art Education. I am fortunate to be able to work with young people, sharing my passion for the visual arts while continuing to create my own work. 

 

ARTIST STATEMENT​

 As a nature lover, it is the beauty of my subjects, which initially inspires me to paint. My time spent outside in nature is often interrupted. Intrusions from the outside world; work, technology, responsibilities, and current events sometimes prevail over my moments of introspection and my connection with nature. My paintings are the result of my desire to maintain this connection. Along with a detailed representation of my natural subjects, I introduce layers of semi-hidden imagery, including everyday, banal objects. Influenced by my experience in graphic design and technology’s ability to alter various aspects of an image digitally, I exaggerate the formal elements of my subjects on canvas. I use vibrant colors and bold edges to call attention to my subjects as they are revealed, weaving in and over each other. I find my compositions are most interesting to paint when they border on abstraction. As I construct my compositions, new patterns, forms, and associations evolve. I create collisions of plants, water, or natural curved forms with man made objects, often tools. Points, corners, and angles can seem potentially harmful. In contrast, soft, natural forms are safe and nurturing. The tension between the two subjects as they are combined into abstracted shapes and bold colors compels me to paint.

EXHIBITIONS 

2008, 2012  Fence Show Select, The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY

 

2004    Just Beyond Our Door...The Nature Dimension

            Schenectady Museum, Schenectady, NY

 

2001    Annual Christmas Card Design, Northeast Parent & Child Society

            Schenectady, NY

 

2001    The Human Factor: The Body in Life, Medicine, and Art

            Fulton Street Gallery, Troy, NY

2018 Second Place, Sargent Art Teacher Contest

2016   Art Teacher Exhibition, Brookside Museum, Ballston Spa, NY,

 

2013, 2015, 2017  NYSUT Teachers Exhibition, NYSUT Headquarters, Latham, NY

2014  Albany Center Gallery Home Show Exhibit, Albany, NY

 

2009-2019  Fence Show, The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY