I don’t remember a time when I didn’t make art. It has always been a part of what I do. I began my formal training as a pre-law student but with my first design class, I knew this was what I was meant to do. Since that time my studies in art have taken me from the academic formalism at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio to the ever so edgy conceptualism at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. After earning a B.F.A. in studio art, I continued my studies at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, Arrowmont and various workshops… B.F.A –Miami U., M.A.- UF.
My passion for art has also led me to share it with others through teaching and giving workshops. I taught art in the Florida public school system for 15 years and continue to teach for St. Leo University as an adjunct.
This passion also leads me to dialogue with other like-minded individuals. I am an active member of several central Florida art groups and international online art exchanges.
As a fulltime artist, I have participated in various juried exhibits, fine arts festivals and group shows primarily in the state of Florida. I am represented by All About Art Gallery in Belleview, Florida.
I love figurative work and enjoy working with conte and
pastels using a model at least once a week. These vigorous sessions
inform my conceptual multi media pieces. The current series has morphed
into an audio inclusion. To reach the intensity needed to begin each
piece, I dialogue using pictorial resources for a point of entry.
This dialogue is recorded and though not displayed with the piece, is nonetheless,
part of the piece. It is the part of the work that I keep with me
when the visual pieces are on exhibit. At the culmination of the
series, all the work including the audiotapes will be available for small
My work is not pretty and I am not pretty. That
is not to say that we do not have worth. To discover that worth,
you have to spend some time and make a spiritual/intellectual/emotional
investment of yourself. The horrendous events of my early life have
informed and transformed my expectations. As a survivor, my work
reflects my introspection as well as my interpretation of the survival
of humankind-who we are and why we do what we do to ourselves and each
other and our internal mechanisms of survival. As a conceptual artist,
I intend to provoke thought and emotions. My pieces are not complete
without the emotional interaction of people.
The Current Series
The current series “Survivor” is an emotional exploration
into the created mechanisms and mindsets of survivors. Each piece begins
with a moment in time captured and preserved by a photograph. The photographic
image is fixed to the canvass and becomes part of the piece. The work evolves
around and is birthed by this image. Some of the work is more interactive
than others. “I Must Rescue Me,” is a piece that requires the viewer to
put on a headset and listen to an audio recording while viewing a painted
canvass. Rather than explain what is being seen, the tape is a part of
the piece. “You Lose!” provokes physical interaction. A photograph of a
young child in an awkward stance is visually buried beneath a huge blackness.
Shadowy colors like muted voices surface intermittently. Underneath this
canvass is a table containing a deck of cards. The cards are placed on
the table mimicking a game of solitaire and the viewer is encouraged to
play a hand. Each card has an embossed image of the photograph on the back
and the words “YOU LOSE!” on the front. The four suits are indicated by
symbols that represent love, money, health, and happiness.