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I am a figurative artist. I have been drawing the human form since I was a little girl. Sketches of people decorated the margins of my notebooks and continue to spill onto paper and canvas today.
Whether I am painting realistically, or creating mixed media works with a more impressionistic flavor, it is almost always focused on the human face or figure brought to life through the interplay of color, shape and form. Regardless of style, there is a unifying air of mystery in all my work that invites questions and personal interpretation.
I want the viewer to ask, “What is that person doing? Thinking?” This interactive imagining enriches the viewing experience by creating an interplay between the artist, the painting and the observer. In all of nature, nothing inspires me as much as the human spirit.
A BRIEF BIO
I have been drawing and painting as long as I can remember. I was fortunate to grow up in a family that nurtured my budding talent.
At the age of nine, my mother enrolled me in classes at the Wyomissing Institute of Fine Art. There, for several years, I happily immersed myself in learning the basics. I have been a serious student ever since. Taking a rather eclectic approach, I have studied art at Bowling Green State University, the University of Delaware, Santa Rosa Junior College and with numerous artists in Boston and throughout the Bay Area (where I have lived since 1972).
Professionally, I have taught English, worked as a copywriter and been the advertising director for a college textbook publisher and a medical supply company. However, for most of my professional life I have been a special education teacher. Art has always been an important part of my classroom curriculum.
Currently, I paint, teach part time and work as an educational consultant. I am a co-founder of the Phantom IV Gallery in Windsor and was affiliated with the gallery from April 2011 through February 2012.