Knoxville, TN | Painting, Mixed Media
Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, I have lived in many US cities. As with my art, life has been an experiment in embracing what is at hand. To put myself through school, and at times just to keep painting, I have been a telephone operator, computer programmer, insurance claims adjuster, museum gift shop worker, certified [AMI] Montessori teacher, and anthropology museum registrar.
I studied art at Maryland Institute of Art, the University of Maryland, and the University of New Mexico. A BA in art and anthropology from the University of New Mexico, followed by a MA and further field work in cultural anthropology at UNM, led to community development work and research for the US Government and major corporations in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Abiquiu, Atlanta, Dallas. I currently reside in Knoxville, Tennessee.
These days I focus on my garden, volunteer for the Master Gardener program through the US Extension Service, and continue to work on collage paintings, textiles and mixed-media assemblage.
Before I could read my favorite crayon color was turquoise. I was already drawing and painting. No matter what else engaged me, I have always identified, and been seen, as a “maker.”
My vocabulary and palette have been very consistent over time. I am true to an inspiring vision, of light and infinite expansion, that changed my life at age 18. Jung and the mystical poets helped me understand how all this affected my life and work.
Signature elements include: Celestial bodies floating in sky and reflected in water; hazy atmospheric effects; luminosity; night skies; aerial perspective; maps and grids; visibly layered imagery including underlying marks; secondary colors such as turquoise, coral, indigo, gold and gray.
I strive to work in a positive, transcendent vein and hope my work brings peace and pleasure, if not surprise, to others. My work is in museums and public collections. I am especially proud that so much of my work is in private homes.