I have drawn all my life, it has been important to find those places along the way in my life where I could make art.
I grew up in the suburbs – seeing New York City as both near and far. I could see the big lake, and the dam, every day. I knew the stories about the lake – under the water of the reservoir was once a town, stories about the town of Kensico, flooded to make the reservoir, supplying water to New York City. The big dam holding back the water, made by workers - immigrants including my father’s parents, who came from Italy for work, and made a place for their family in the area. My mother’s family moved from Indiana to this New York town, immigrants from the small town Midwest to the North East. There are common threads in these histories – relationships, hard labor, collaboration, making, using their hands.
I earned a BFA from Kansas State University art school, a school close to my husband's military station. We arrived in Philadelphia, following another assignment. I worked as a graphic designer, and attended studio classes at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Balancing freelance work and my own art practice, always working toward more time to paint. Later, earning a Master of Arts in Teaching Visual Arts from the University of the Arts in 2003, enjoying teaching art to a broad range of students and diverse subjects in art instruction - studio, art history, digital, art appreciation. I continue to enrich my ideas and exploration in art with workshops several times a year. We have 2 wonderful sons, now adults; my husband retired from the military to become a middle school science teacher.
The subject matter of my painting follows my interest in researching people and narrative of making and being with each other. Artwork that focuses on human relationships, memories, and personal history. Often, photographs are used as a starting point, using researched or personal photos; those that have a visual link I respond to. Juxtapositions, relationships and emotion are explored, as well as developing work based on the histories of my hometown in New York, people and structures that existed in the original town of Kensico, the real and imagined stories: the creation of the water system, and the workers that created those structures.The use of formal elements - color, shape, value - painting and drawing expresses of the emotional content.