I work in mixed media mostly combining colored pencils with various watermedia. I also mix techniques and use different types of paper (or other substrait) in developing my work. ,My series “Recyclables” starts with making paper from discarded office paper then painting it watermedia.
• I teach classes in drawing and colored pencil techniques to adults at colleges and art centers
• I give talks about creativity for businesses, meetings, and workshops
• I do workshops in advanced colored pencil techniques.
I earned Signature (CPSA), Experimental Signature (CPX), and Five Year Merit recognition for my artwork from the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA). My work has won awards in local and national juried art competitions and it has been published in the books The Best of Colored Pencil 4 and Signature Showcase. In addition, I created the photography book I’d be nice to come home to about furniture left on the street.
I earned a BFA degree from Boston University. I continued my education at the Corcoran Museum School where I studied website development. I continue to take classes and learn and experiment.
My recent work is more abstract and developes intuitively from the first marks placed on the surface. I start with a color and explore an aspect of that color – I’m especially interested in exploring the relationships between complimentary colors. If a representational elements appears as I work, I may follow it to see where it takes me.
I mix media using paint, pencil, ink, and pastel, as needed to get to where the work needs to go. The handmade paper series is part of my abstract work. It is created by developing sheets of paper from pulp that I sculpt, texture, and paint. This approach is quite different from how I develop representational work.
I think of my representational artwork as pausing time. Each image captures a space in time for personal contemplation and rest. It can be any place, but it is almost always outdoors in nature, on the street where I live, or places I visit.
Fog, rain, and darkness are frequent subjects of my work. They offer the contemplative space I am trying to achieve and leave room for interpretation. The media and techniques I use emphasize the ambiguity of what I see. I work predominantly in colored pencil for these representational landscapes and atmospherics.