Artist Statement

After graduating from Skidmore College with a Bachelor of Science in Studio Art, I spent many years in the Capital Region of upstate NY creating museum quality jewelry and metal art objects.

My focus turned to painting in 2006. I feel that it is a natural outgrowth of my 3-dimensional work providing me with a more fluid medium with which to express myself as an artist.

I have always liked working with my hands. Fulfillment for me is taking an idea and giving it substance by building or painting it from scratch to completion. This keeps me well connected to a part of myself that some might call spiritual. Art gives me freedom of expression and the knowledge that there are many good answers and it’s OK to explore them all. If my work gives joy to others it makes it all the more worthwhile.

Throughout my adult years there have been four tenets that support any work that I create:

  • A playful willingness to be flexible while maintaining consideration to aesthetic values.
  • My art should be distinguishable from manufactured items by how it reflects my skills and creativity. There is an authenticity and originality that mass produced items lack.
  • The concepts and craftsmanship are more valuable than the materials involved, but the materials must support the functional intent of the work whether it is to be hung on a wall, worn as adornment, or to perform a function in daily life.
  • The fun is in the doing. The most important pieces I am working on are the ones currently in progress and the dream of what is next.

All work is one-of-a-kind. Sometimes there is a series of pieces with the same compositional focus but never a repeat. Form, Shape, Line, Color & Texture are paramount and I bring decades of experience and education to my work.

In my silversmithing I enjoy mixing metals (Fine and Sterling Silver, Copper, Brass and Gold) and using interesting shaped minerals and found objects to create art objects and art wearables. I love the challenge of making containers and small tabletop art objects which are whimsical and playful.

In my two-dimensional work I have used primarily mixed water media and collage, sometimes oil, charcoal or graphite. Use of high quality materials and acid free paper and mats assures longevity of the artwork.

Biography

Now, after having relocated to Northern VA in 2015, I am looking forward to exploring new concepts in both media.

You may notice that my involvement with galleries is limited. I have learned that, in their attempt at commercial success, many gallery owners demand from artists a consistent style (line of goods) that will be recognizable to their clients. However, this tends to stifle creativity. My hope is that you will appreciate the diversity of my work but still recognize certain themes and common threads in my style.

Credits

David Peterson, Nationally Known Metal Artist, Chairman of the Art Department of Skidmore College and Professor of Jewelry and Metal Arts has described me as a “Master Craftsperson” whose work is “exceptionally well-made, wholly unique and personally derived."

Education

  • Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY. Bachelor of Science majoring in Studio Art with emphasis in Jewelry Design, 1969.
  • Numerous additional credits in studio art and art history at SUNY at Albany, Skidmore College and The College of St. Rose, Albany including graduate level courses.
  • Numerous workshops in Jewelry, Ceramics and Painting as well as Art History extending throughout my career. I have studied under many nationally and internationallly known artists: Earl Pardon, David Peterson, Sharon Church, Regis Brodie and James Kettlewell at Skidmore College in full credit semester courses.
  • One week workshops in the Fine Crafts included instruction by Glenda Arentzen, Sharon Church, Tim McCreight, Arline Fisch, Barbara Minor, John Cogswell, Mary Ann Scherr, Bob Ebendorf, Kurt Matzdorf and Pat Flynn.
  • In Painting many week long workshops from Karen Rosasco in Abstract Mixed Water Media. Also, week long workshops with Robert Burridge and Skip Lawrence.

Current Professional Associations

  • Arts Herndon/Art Space Herndon. As of February 2018, I am now a member!
    • Art Talk - Herndon Art Space, Herndon, VA. A critique group of experienced artists meeting once a month to share and critique their work.
  • Reston Art Gallery & Studios (RAGS) - Member as of May, 2017. www.restonartgallery.com
  • The League of Reston Artists, Reston, VA. 2016 - present. Founded in 1968 this is an active group of diverse, visual fine artists comprised of over 130 members. The mission is to provide opportunities for artistic growth. Numerous exhibitions are arranged throughout the year to engage the public in the creative process and give visibility to the artists. Joined in July, 2016.
  • GRACE (Greater Reston Arts Center), Reston, VA, 2015 - present.

Past Professional Associations

  • Great Falls Studios (GFS), Great Falls, VA. A consortium (est. 2003) of 110 independent artists/craftspeople working in Great Falls, VA. I was a general member for 2016.
    Artists on the Green, Great Falls, VA. One of 12 artists participating in a working studio/gallery. Juried for acceptance in November, 2015. I was a Studio Member for 2016.
  • Designer Crafts Council, Inc. (DCC founded in 1965, under the umbrella of The Schenectady Museum), 1973-2015. An active member serving in every position and most recently as President as well as numerous terms on the Standards Committee. This group held juried annual fine crafts fairs, wearable arts shows and member and regional exhibits (alternating years) as well as a Gallery Shop within the Schenectady Museum holding only our member’s work.
  • The Firehouse Artists, 2011-2015. Newly organized by me in 2011 to promote growth and development among a select group of local artists painting in primarily abstract, mixed media.
  • Bethlehem Art Association, Delmar, NY. 2009-2015.
  • Albany Artists Group, Albany, NY. 2011-2015.
  • Colonie Art League (CAL) 2006-2011. General membership as well as participating in their Gallery Coop, “Local Color”.
  • Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY. 2009-2015.
  • Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT. 2009-2015.
  • The Friday Painters (An active group of 10 talented artists since 1965). Joined by invitation and participated from 2011-2015.
  • Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs, NY. 2002-2015.
  • Albany Center Gallery, Albany, NY. 2005-2015.
  • American Women Artists. General membership, 2013-2014.

Current & Past Gallery / Shop Representation

  • Reston Art Gallery & Studios (RAGS), Lake Anne, Reston (website listed above).
  • Artists on the Green, Great Falls Village, 776B Walker Rd., Great Falls, VA 22066.
  • Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT.
  • Mimosa Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY.
  • Riverfront Studios, Schuylerville, NY.
  • Cooperstown Art Association, Shop and Galleries, Cooperstown, NY.
  • Schenectady Museum Gallery Shop, Schenectady, NY.
  • Albany International Airport “DepARTure” Shop, Colonie, NY.
  • Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute, Utica, NY.
  • Albany Institute of History and Art (AHA), Albany, NY.
  • Albany Visitors Center, Albany NY.

Publications

  • The Country and Abroad Magazine, Autumn 2013, pg. 63.
  • 500 Metal Vessels, LARK BOOKS, pgs. 286 & 292, 2007.
  • The Crafts Report Magazine. “Bloom Town”, pgs.39-40, Sept. 2007.
  • “Living The Liberal Arts, Life During & After Major In: Studio Art”, Skidmore College and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Saratoga Springs, NY. pgs. 7-8, April, 2007.
  • “Fine Crafts - Ancient Practice, New Vision”, Munson Williams-Proctor- Arts Institute, Utica, NY. pgs. 14-15, 2003.
  • Hudson Valley Magazine, Poughkeepsie, NY. “Artful Gifts”. pgs. B5-6. January, 1999.

Complete Resume available upon request.

Metal Arts - Objects & Jewelry - Exhibitions & Honors

20th ANNUAL JURIED ALUMNI REUNION EXHIBITION, May, 2014.

Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY. Also participated in 2009, 2004 & 1999.

THEN & NOW - SEVEN SKIDMORE ALUMNI, 2007. Schick Art Gallery

Skidmore College. An invitational by Skidmore’s art faculty in collaboration with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s program “Living the Liberal Arts”.

VISIONS & REVISIONS: Recycled and Environmental Art, 2005. Mandeville Gallery,

Union College, Schenectady, NY. Juried.

FINE CRAFTS, ANCIENT PRACTICE -NEW VISION, 2003, 60th Exhibition of Central New York Artists.

Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, NY. Juried.

SILVER, A 25TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBIT, 2002;

Eight artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region bridge traditional silver-based media with contemporary concepts and applications. Invitational. Albany Center Gallery, Albany, NY.

NEW YORK STATE CRAFT BIENNIAL, 2001.

The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY and The Tyler Art Gallery, SUNY at Oswego, NY. Juried and curated by Roseanne Raab.

THE NORTHEAST REGIONAL FINE CRAFTS EXHIBIT, Schenectady Museum,

Schenectady, NY. A biennial, juried exhibit. Continuous selected participant 1988- 2002 and 1974-1979. DCC prize for Best in Show, 2000; Honorable Mention, 1976.

DESIGNER CRAFTS COUNCIL MEMBER SHOW, Schenectady Museum.

A biennial juried exhibit. Continuous selected participant 1989-2003 and 1973- 1979. Prizes: Third in 2001, Second in 1999, First in 1993 and 1991 and Honorable Mention in 1989.

FACULTY EXHIBITION, The Arts Center of the Capitol Region,

Troy, NY. Participant in 2001 (juried) and 1997.

THE ART OF THE GIFT, 1999. The Rice Gallery of the Albany Institute of History and Art,

Albany, NY. An invitational Holiday Exhibit curated by Janis Dorgan, Dir.

MATERIAL DEPARTURE, An exhibition of Artists Working with Traditional Materials in Nontraditional Ways,

1999. Albany International Airport, Albany, NY. Invitational curated by Sharon Bates, Director of exhibits and programs.

CONTEMPORARY NEW YORK STATE CRAFTS, 1997.

New York State Museum, Albany, NY. Juried.

CRAFTS IN THE 90’S, CHALLENGES AND TRADITIONS, 1993:

55th Annual Exhibition of Central New York Artists. Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, NY. Juried.

SUNY at ALBANY

Juried student exhibit in Spring,1974.

YOUNG AMERICANS, 1969 - Museum of Contemporary Crafts,

New York, NY. A juried national competition sponsored by the American Crafts Council.