Throughout my 20-year career as an artist, I find that the continuing challenge in collage assemblage is in maintaining the purest interplay of shape, line, color and texture in order to create a composition that is honest and fresh in expression. I continue to discover new aesthetic paths for collage application; and find that it is often the unintended accidents which open wide doors for creative possibilities. Collage is truly a forgiving, yet compelling medium. My approach is largely intuitive; the imagery is first internalized, but is born from an appreciation of nature and its wondrous ecosystems. Water, earth, and wildlife are sources of inspiration and healing for me. I am drawn to an Eastern aesthetic and this influences much of my work. I would like to think that my art is joyful, but not naïve.
I am largely self-taught, but have gained much from my participation in workshops and fine art courses in collage, watercolor, life drawing, silk screening and print making. I have participated in numerous art shows and have exhibited and sold in galleries throughout New Jersey, Georgia and New York.
More recent shows have been: The Woodstock Artists Association Small Works Show, and the Art Foray, curated by Wired Gallery, at the Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York. I am a member of the Unframed Artist’s Gallery of New Paltz, where I have participated in numerous shows as an exhibiting artist and curator; and where I run collage workshops for children and adults .
My one- of- a kind pieces are crafted from paper and cloth that have been hand-dyed through silk screen, acrylic, watercolor or ink application. Much of my work attempts to reflect the beauty of the Hudson Valley, where I have lived for a decade.
I have a B.A. degree in English with a concentration in creative writing, and live in New Paltz, New York.