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About the Artist

Creating art is a journey, and it can be the means to a search for balance and direction. Through the use of earthen materials,  references to an ancient past, memories, spirituality and contemporary life experiences are explored. At varying times I have taken a quiet, reflective path as with the totem pieces, while at other times I have created a body of work that is more outwardly exuberant with a more humorous commentary on the human condition. All the work is about the continued discovery of the spirit that resides within us.

 When I  discovered the Ancient Japanese technique of Raku, I was drawn to the beauty and the complexity created by this exciting firing process. Intricate crackled patterning occurs from extreme temperature changes; with a richness of colors and textures created from the black carbon and the minerals in the glazes that  burst through to the surface  during the firing process. No two pieces are ever alike, though all embrace a timeless essence- both ancient and contemporary at the same time.

I have followed artistic pursuits for as long as I can remember, and I have always found the interaction of negative space and sculptural form especially intriguing. Though I first started out as a a painter, I soon desired to pull the images beyond the flat plane of the canvas. I began to work in wood, creating figurative painted wood constructions that were meant to work in the environmental spaces in which they were displayed.  I eventually found the flat planes of cut-out shapes somewhat limiting; lacking  the dimensionality that I sought, and  I discovered that clay was the perfect organic medium, allowing for the fluidity I was seeking to create more sinuous form. 

 Born and raised in New York, I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from Syracuse University and was in the MFA Program for painting at Brooklyn College. Shortly after, the door to the fine artworld opened for me when I became affiliated with Soho 20 Gallery in New York City and the J. Rosenthal Gallery in Chicago. At the same time I cultivated a parallel career in fabric design, and though this paid the bills, the  fine art was always my truer passion. Textile designing did have an important influence on my work, however, in my focus on the textures and patterns that I carve or impress in many of my sculptures and vessels. Currently, I am affiliated with the Paul Scott Gallery in Scottsdale Arizona, Gallery 66 NY in Cold Spring, NY, and McDaris Fine Art in Hudson, NY.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biography

EDUCATION

Syracuse University BFA

Brooklyn College MFA

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

Gallery 66 NY, Cold Spring N.Y.- May 2014

McDaris Fine Art, Hudson, N.Y. – May, 2014

Soho 20 Gallery, N.Y.C., N.Y.    -  1980,1983,1990

J. Rosenthal Fine Arts, Chicago, IL- 1985,1990,1994

New York University Lubin Center, N.Y.C.- 1988

 

GROUP and TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

 

Paul Scott Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ-3/2013, 1/2014

Gallery 66 N.Y., Cold Spring, NY-  “Echoes of the Earth”  May, 2013

Beechwood Arts, Westport, CT- “Vibrations-Mind, Body, Spirit-  June, 2013

Silvermine Gallery, New Canaan, CT- 2001-“Art of the Northeast”,-2014

Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ- “Groundbreaking: The Women of the Sylvia Sleigh Collection”- 1/2011

Betty Barker Gallery, New Canaan, CT-“Spectrum”-4/2013, 9/13

 

 

 

 

 

Gertrude White Gallery, Greenwich, CT- “She- Mothers and Daughters” 9/2011

Weston Arts Center, Weston, CT-“Asian Inspired” -4/2010

De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA- 1983

Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Fla.

Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY-“Figuratively”- 1982

Marymount College, NY-“Commission for the Status of Women”

Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY-“Year of the Woman”