My paintings are a window on our world; serious, humorous, grotesque and serene. They are an observation and a passion, an escape and a commitment. Some paintings use the expressiveness of vegetables to narrate, in a darkly humorous way, stories of the human condition. I sometimes write accompanying poems or narratives, though I encourage viewers to find their own stories within the paintings. My landscapes and creatures are an escape back to places I've been, and a commitment to the natural world I love so well.
Development of My Art
New England Painter
Throughout my life, I have sought mixes of art and the natural world. At Antioch College, I studied art, biology and geology. While pursuing an MS in entomology, I illustrated scientific manuscripts, and co-produced a video on Insects in the Arts. During and following my Ph.D. in environmental toxicology, my creative efforts focused on fiber arts: sweaters, rugs and table linens.
I began painting in 1997, first in watercolors, and then in oils starting in 2009. I often bring marbling, printing, mosaic and collage techniques into my work. I started showing in 1999, and had my first solo show in 2001.
In workshop and class settings, I studied painting under Jill Banks, Maud Taber-Thomas, Christine Lashley, Gavin Glakas, Lassie Corbet, and Arnold Lopes while living in Virginia. Since moving to Massachusetts, I have studied under Alexandra Rosenman, Judith Prager, Diane Novetsky, Todd Bonita, Alastair Dacy, and Chris Volpe.
B.A. Antioch College 1975 M.S. Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison 1978 Ph.D. Cornell University 1986