EDUCATION

  • MFA Graduate Studies, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA 1994

  • BFA, School of the Museum of Fine Arts in conjunction with Tufts University, Boston, MA 1991

  • School of Visual Arts, New York, NY 1988

  • Parsons School of Design, New York, NY 1985-1986

  • Art Students League, New York, NY 1983-1985

Revealing the sacred and mystical in nature, is my quest in my work. Using color, form and symbolic narrative, I aim to capture the sense of the magical and express the impossibly beautiful things I see on Earth.

Growing up outside New York City, the colors, tastes and textures of Manhattan’s diverse neighborhoods offered early inspiration. I studied at Parsons, Art Students League and the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. I then completed my BFA at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts and Tufts University and moved West to pursue graduate studies at San Francisco State University.

I have exhibited in galleries across the United States including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery, Art Expo New York and the Ritz Carlton.

Spirit of Animal
The Spirit of Animal series draws on rich metaphors in nature, exploring the power, strength and presence of wild animals. My goal is this series is capture the essence of these iconic figures.

I use simple, minimal composition, yet employ a complex technique with an emphasis on texture to bring out the core spirit in each animal. The white space I create produces a resting place for moments of pause and reflection while viewing the work, allowing us to contemplate the power of the figure.

As Above, So Below
In this series, I explore the beauty in landscapes to capture the awe and inspiration of nature. I use luminous color and expressive gestures to evoke an atmosphere of depth and intensity.

The physical landscapes I depict mirror the mental landscapes of subconscious thoughts and feelings, evoking emotions and expression. The horizon line sets up a contrast between above and below, symbolizing not only sky and earth, but energy and matter, the real and unreal, the conscious and unconscious. I am interested not only with what is apparent, but what lies below the surface as well.

Remnants in Nature
In this series I explore the natural remains of the spirit of living things by depicting the vestiges of life in bones, horns, antlers, and fossils using simple monochromatic compositions.

In these organic fragments, I reveal a divine reverence of what has been left behind, as they have been used in spiritual ceremonies since the beginning of human existence.

Explorations
Continuing to explore and follow inspiration is paramount for me as an artist. Paintings that evolve into a series have a birthing place. Explorations is that location, the place I allow myself the freedom to explore and bring into creation ideas that arise within me. Sometimes an individual piece will be created that does not have a similar tone to others, and other times, I create work that sparks a desire for further inquiry.




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