Since childhood I have always painted; I have my own creative art studio offering original paintings, limited editions, prints and more. In addition to painting, I have been a Senior Gift Product Designer for Amscan Inc for over twenty years, and have illustrated over twenty-five children’s trade/textbooks for publishers such as Random House, Harcourt, Scholastic, Oxford University Press, Pearson, etc. in traditional media as well as digital. BFA Washington University, St Louis, Missouri.
Art is not a choice; it has always been an obsession for me. Whether large scale abstractions or portraits, I have always needed to find an outlet for painting in some way. For financial reasons, I turned to design and illustration as a career but I never stopped painting.
I turned to portraiture when my children were small, realizing I could neither meet commercial art deadlines nor focus on creating large paintings and meet the demands of raising a family. The realism of portraiture has made its way into my abstractions, which have also been influenced by my travels, especially to Mexico and Turkey. Texture and depth, intersecting spatial forms, as well as a love of detail have become the focus of my current painting.
A professor of mine years ago insisted that his students not begin to paint with any preconceived notions. Color and shape, for example, should just “evolve” on the canvas. I still follow this process, and never know how the eventual painting will develop.
I like the ethereal quality of finding images and shapes within and behind other shapes. I like soft colors and ways to find “safe passage” through the canvas, in the same way that we all maneuver through life and find our way. I want to create a feeling of depth, with forms intertwining, like stories of individuals in a city full of people. I want to create contrast and vibrant interaction much like the day to day workings of a large city. I like raised and recessed surfaces, glossy and matte combined finishes. Life is a little like a puzzle and we all have to find our way to make all the pieces fit. I intuitively convey feelings in particular paintings depending on my situation at the time; exploring the way shapes intersect in life and the way we sometimes hide the obvious behind a mask. However, I want the viewer to reach their own conclusions about what the symbolism may represent and decide what I may have been thinking.
Columbus Museum of Fine Arts, Columbus Ohio
Dublin Gallery, Dublin Ohio
Wustum Museum,Racine, Wisconsin
Racine Theater Guild
Bonniwell, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Landmarks Gallery, Milwaukee
Associated Artists, Syracuse NY
Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, NYC
Schoolhouse Gallery, Croton Falls, NY
Mid Hudson Heritage Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
Piermont Flywheel Gallery, Piermont, NY
Sylvia Wold and PoKim Gallery, New York
National Association of Women Artists Gallery
NYTransform Gallery, New Rochelle, NY
Broadway Gallery, NY
Monmouth Museum, Lindcroft, New Jersey
Arts Club, Washington, DC
Prince Street Gallery, NYC
PORTRAIT CREDITS INCLUDE M Mannix McElligott, Assistant to Chancellor, Marquette University
Sister M John Francis, President Mt St Mary College, Milwaukee Wisconsin
National Association of Women Artists
Westchester Arts Council
Dutchess County Arts Council
Represented Piermont Flywheel Gallery