Art and design have always been an integral part of my life — from creative writing, painting, fashion, and sculpture to shaping pottery on the wheel or by hand. I began studying art at an early age, and in high school, I spent countless hours in the ceramics studio. By age 17, I earned the National Scholastic Art Award, and an exhibit of my work was on display at the Kemmerer Museum of Decorative Art in my hometown of Bethlehem, PA.
At the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, I earned a B.F.A. and began to focus on becoming a painter. Based on the works I produced there, I earned a scholarship to the Yale Summer School of Painting in New York City. My love for fashion and, more pressingly, the need of a paycheck led me to study at The Fashion Institute of Technology, where I serendipitously excelled in journalism classes. Working my way up through the ranks, I eventually landed an editor's position at Women's Wear Daily. Traveling the world, and as a magazine editor, I was provided the opportunity to view art and design of masters from early periods to contemporary times firsthand.
I find abstract concepts and the interplay of colors, surface, depth and light most engaging to explore, and the work of artists like Richard Diebenkorn, Marc Chagall, and Georgia O’Keefe most directly inspirational. Upcoming this spring, I will be a featured artist at Bethlehem House Contemporary Art Gallery where I hope to unveil an 8 foot by 9 foot painting on canvas,
My most recent paintings explore arid to tropical locations, bringing layers of light, shape and a color-charged palette to dynamic, imaginative compositions with the effect of either revving or calming the senses. I prefer to allow the viewer to decide and choose specific objects and references, and feel that larger canvases enhance the effects on the viewer. My works are in private and corporate collections from the Lehigh Valley to Florida, Boston, Brooklyn, Florida, Kentucky, Manhattan, and Seattle. To contact the artist, email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 610-248-3460.