I'm pretty sure I was born with crayons in my hand and I've wanted to "be an artist" and a make a living that way my whole life, instead I took the fast track in the corporate world. Even then I looked for every opportunity to showcase my creative side, which lead me to the realization that I already AM an artist. I've known since I was 5 that I wanted to paint and draw things. It took me a long time to get here but I finally do it, all day long!
I was born and raised in the suburbs of Buffalo, and I've been lucky enough to see all different corners of the world which give me a great deal of inspiration and wanderlust, all while feeding my creative side.
I have more ideas than I know what to do with, and I'm always coming up with something new! I am primarily a paper artist and I find that I love to combine wet and dry. Experimenting with the surfaces of paper to create original and unique designs is my passion.
It is how I manipulate the lines, whether with pen or organic material to create the end result that satisfies. My work involves design, interpretation, inspiration and the ability to ‘paint’ with ink, watercolor, graphite, organic material or actual paint depending on my mood.
Inspiration is a very personal issue and involves the ability to coordinate color or pattern and visualize the finished creation. Organic forms in nature inspire my paper creations as well as my drawing and paintings.
I love discovering similar patterns between objects and their relationship to each other. I am fascinated by patterns, as seen in my Zentangle® work, but which carries over into my other pieces.
I consider myself a process artist: research, gathering, experimentation and play make up the core of my art practice. This behind the scenes work frees me to perform my creating intuitively and with spontaneity. It is important to constantly ‘play’ and experiment with patterns, texture and found items to achieve the desired effect. It was the tactile aspect and the wild chaos mixed with specific chemistry that inspired me to learn more of this process of botanical alchemy and incorporate it into my work.
In addition to my formal education, I have built a solid base in design, developed a broad and well-respected knowledge of materials, mark-making and creative application techniques. Currently I teach workshops at my studio in Kenmore, NY as well as at local galleries and retreat centers.
Over the years, I have taught for various organizations throughout New York,at the Carey Center for Global Good, as well as at various retreats throughout North America.
My work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.