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:
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.
Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY. Also participated in 2009, 2004 & 1999.
Skidmore College. An invitational by Skidmore’s art faculty in collaboration with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s program “Living the Liberal Arts”.
Union College, Schenectady, NY. Juried.
Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, NY. Juried.
Eight artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region bridge traditional silver-based media with contemporary concepts and applications. Invitational. Albany Center Gallery, Albany, NY.
The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY and The Tyler Art Gallery, SUNY at Oswego, NY. Juried and curated by Roseanne Raab.
Schenectady, NY. A biennial, juried exhibit. Continuous selected participant 1988- 2002 and 1974-1979. DCC prize for Best in Show, 2000; Honorable Mention, 1976.
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.
Troy, NY. Participant in 2001 (juried) and 1997.
Albany, NY. An invitational Holiday Exhibit curated by Janis Dorgan, Dir.
1999. Albany International Airport, Albany, NY. Invitational curated by Sharon Bates, Director of exhibits and programs.
New York State Museum, Albany, NY. Juried.
55th Annual Exhibition of Central New York Artists. Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, NY. Juried.
Juried student exhibit in Spring,1974.
New York, NY. A juried national competition sponsored by the American Crafts Council.