I got my first pair of glasses when I was seven and the world came to life the day I put them on. I could see the distant sky and trees in all their staggering detail for the first time. Until then, I had no idea how extraordinary they are.
I became that kid who preferred to do the sky section of puzzles – I had a serious knack for it.
My high school’s art building was designed by I.M. Pei so during class I was surrounded by towering concrete forms. Next I went to Brown University with its own art building’s poured cement walls. I learned to cut loose with creativity and to talk art, but little about how to actually paint. Still, modern architecture continued to frame my visual workspace and I continue to hold a deep affection for concrete remesh.
After my childhood in rural Connecticut, I’ve spent much of my adult life in cities where the elements are surrounded by and dialogue with the built environment. This changed my basic constitution and I became a true hybrid, affirmed by both the horizontal and the vertical, the natural and the constructed. The square grid asserted itself into my basic vocabulary.
My first real job was as a color specialist for a Madison Avenue advertising agency, traveling around the country to adjust ink on printing presses. I realized that all I had to show at the end of the day were fancy birdcage liners, so I went to NYU for a Masters in art therapy. I then provided this service along with grief counseling for 18 years in the AIDS community. This was a profound and satisfying phase of my life while my own creative needs waited impatiently.
In 2005 I committed to making my own art, and transitioned to being a grant writer in order to preserve enough energy to paint. Gallery Neptune in Bethesda, MD began representing me in 2008, however it closed in 2010. In 2009 I received an award from the Franz and Virginia Bader Fund which allowed me to add a dedicated studio to the back of my house where I spend time nearly every day on works in progress. Lots of windows bring the trees and the sky right into this wonderful space.
My work can be seen in various exhibits and collections.
I look forward to hearing from you.
p.s. And that’s Snoop KittyKat, Studio Assistant, in the thumbnail.