By trade and training I am a historian.
By inclination and intention I am an artist.
On some clear days I can see the connection. In both endeavors I search for pattern and meaning in chaos. I rely on a strong line and vivid color to bring the work to life. And I aim to make something engaging, coherent, and satisfying.
Born during the reign of Abstract Expressionism, educated at MOMA and the Met, inspired by Joan Mitchell and Hans Memling, I am still balancing a desire for order and detail with a passion for big messy splashes of delicious color. My real work is to figure out how to achieve both.
Since my recent liberation from a job and care giving, I have been freeing my expression as well. Landscapes and botanicals have yielded to larger gestures and stronger colors. Recently I have been playing with calligraphy, exploding and rearranging words, investigating the essence of each stroke of a letter, and wondering about the possibilities of black and white.
When I first took up drawing and painting, I was told by several teachers that my work was painterly. Although in the class context I understood that this was not necessarily a good thing, it is, ultimately, what I want to be.
Although I have been fooling around with paint since I could hold a brush, my formal art training began in the late eighties at the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven. There I studied watercolor with Graziella de Solodow and Lora Lee Bell, tried my hand at printmaking, and learned the joys and frustrations of hand bookbinding with Ann Lindbeck. I continued exploring book making at the Center for Book Arts in New York City, where I took several classes, including a workshop with Hedi Kyle.
Maureen Squires introduced me to calligraphy, and master illuminator Karen Gorst has shown me that it is OK to play with letters, and Sofer (scribe) Neil Yerman has helped me explore the mystery of Hebrew letters.
What I have done with these lessons is my own.
- 2015 Art/Place, Fairfield CT BOUNDLESS (2 person)
- 2014 Kershner Gallery, Fairfield CT Small Works Show
- 2012– Art/Place, Fairfield CT Juried Member
- 2010-13 Pequot Library, Southport CT Annual Art Show; Honorable Mention 2013
- 2013 Summerhouse Gallery, Madison CT Summer Show
- 2011-13 Venetucci Gallery, Westbrook CT Gallery Artist
- 1998-2002 Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme CT Small Works Shows
- 1992– Eli Whitney Museum, Hamden CT Leonardo Challenge
- 1980-95 Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven CT Faculty/Student Shows