I am a New Jersey based artist who is passionate about painting and music. When I was a child my heart was set on performing, but a gift set of acrylics from my dad redirected my focus and I began painting at home while raising four children.
I was employed full time at The College of New Jersey for over 30 years. During that time, I began taking art courses through their tuition free employee program. I took a painting class with a remarkable teacher. She taught me how to express my inner thoughts and emotions through color and texture. It was a revelation and I began working in an abstract manner using acrylic paints and mixed media. Intuitive paintings began springing up from bits and pieces from my memory--places, family mementos, loss, travel, and above all music began to inform my work. If I can’t sing it, I will paint it.
Today, I am known for colorful abstract Venetian plaster paintings. Through this medium I have learned to create bold new ways of mark making using metal scrapers and various tools. Visual surfaces of color, light, and motion began to emerge as I applied multiple layers of tinted plaster then sanded and rubbed them to reveal passages beneath. The surface is hand burnished and the results produce a tactile texture that is as smooth as a stone tossed by the sea. My paintings evoke a range of moods from playful to mysterious.
I continued to work and study at The College of New Jersey, while building a professional art portfolio. In December 2002, I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts summa cum laude from TCNJ. I retired in 2007 and began painting full time.
I was honored to be selected for The New Jersey Emerging Artists Series at Monmouth Museum in 2017-2018. My paintings have been selected for numerous juried shows, invitationals, and group exhibitions throughout the United States including: The Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ; D & R Greenway Land Trust, (First Place Award), Princeton, NJ; The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, NJ; Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ; Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD; Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY; GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, (First Prize Award), Reading, PA; Phillips Mill, New Hope, PA; and Prallsville Mills, Stockton, NJ.Musée Picasso