About The Artist

About The Artist

I create paintings and cutouts as a way of turning my love of the world into objects that come alive. Inspiration comes from nature—tiny pebbles or a decaying flower—as well as ordinary household objects like an old hat or a broken cup. I feel a tenderness towards all these things and their lifespans, which makes me want to render them with affection. As a process oriented artist, I work with water based paints, as well as all kinds of materials including dirt, recycled paintings, dried grass. I am interested in color and push my palette into strange terrain to arrive at combinations that feel fresh and invented. I am delighted when the final pieces remind me of something I’ve seen, but can’t quite recognize.

Exhibitions

2017    Earthly Delights, solo exhibition | LaGuardia Community College, New York, NY

2016    Open Studio | Silks Building, New York, NY

            Gyre | Point Reyes Station, CA

2015    Tribe of Nine | Point Reyes Station, CA

            The Chance To Love Everything | Point Reyes Station, CA

2014    Open Studio | Silks Building, New York, NY

2013    Botanicals | Point Reyes Station, CA

2012    Open Studio | Silks Building, New York, NY

2010    Master Class | Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

2009    Courtyard Landscapes | San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

2008    Small Works Show | Foreman Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA

2008    Master Class | Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

2007    Master Class | Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

2006    Essence of Providencia | Hostal Ocean Wonders,  Providencia, Columbia

2006    Master Class | Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

2005    Master Class | Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

2003    Together/Apart | La Serrania, Mallorca, Spain

2002    Up Close | La Serrania, Mallorca, Spain

2003    Color 311 | Cork Gallery, New York, NY

2002    Color 311 | Cork Gallery, New York, NY

2001    Color 311 | Cork Gallery, New York, NY

1998    La Selva Mexicana | Gallery Luscombe, San Francisco, CA

1997    Food for Thought | Civilization Gallery, New York, NY

1996    Small Works Show | N.Y.U.,  New York, NY

Artist Residency: Vermont Studio Center painting residency Oct 2014

Private Collections: throughout the USA, and in France, Japan, U.K., Mexico

Education

B.A. from S.UN.Y Purchase, New York & Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont

Additional study in painting and drawing: Sam Feinstein, Leigh Hyams, Nicki Orbach, Michael Grimaldi, Frederick Franck

Publications

SKY ABOVE, EARTH BELOW, art and text

THE ROTATING SPAGHETTI FORK, art and text in collaboration with Cris Cristofaro

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