Handmade paper with gouache




A Little About Me

My Art & Teaching Resume

I am as an artist known nationally for my colored pencil and mixed media work. I am contrarian by nature and so I am a leading proponent of a loose colored pencil style.

• I teach classes in drawing and colored pencil techniques to adults at colleges and art centers
• I give talks about creatiity 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.

I earned a BFA in Fine Arts from Boston University. I continued my education at the Corcoran Museum School where I learned website development.  In addition, I created the book I'd be nice to come home to about furniture left on the street.

Art Statement

My recent work is abstract and grows intuitively from the first mark of color placed on the surface. I start with a color and explore an aspect of that color - often I'm interested in complimentary color. If a representational elements appears, I follow it and move the work in that direction.

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. The space 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.

I speak about creativity to groups. Ask me about doing a presentation at your next meeting or event.

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