"The artist's job is to deepen the mystery." Francis Bacon
I was born in New York City and raised in Rochester, New York. The beauty of New York state has been a continuing inspiration for my painting. I graduated from Nazareth College with a degree in Art and a minor in Education. I now have more than forty years experience in the arts as a fine art painter and teacher.
While raising my daughter, I painted in oil and also worked in film production as a set designer. The job in film was an important influence in using light to tell a story or convey a feeling.
Eighteen years ago, I discovered pastel painting and have been enthralled since I first picked up a stick! I studied with several master pastelists and I am passionate about my favorite medium. I paint both plein air and in the studio. I am inspired by natural light and interested in how it transforms instances of ordinary life into magnificent compositions that communicate essence and meaning to the view of the painting. In both my urban and rural landscapes it is important to me to reveal the art in the every day.
I love to teach pastels and do so regularly in my city studio.
I am a member of The Pastel Society of America, The Pastel Society of Western New York, The Rochester Art Club, The Genesee Valley Plein Air Painters, and the New York Figure Study Guild. I exhibits through out the Northeast and have been juried into many national and local exhibitions, garnering numerous awards, including Best of Show in the Northeast National Pastel Exhibition of 2012