Drawn to color, pattern and texture from an early age, Van Gogh, Matisse and Gauguin were my childhood idols. I have an expressionistic view of the world around me, and my compositions often employ simplified forms and exaggerated color to create my personal vision. I enjoy making art in a variety of mediums, but pastels and oils top the list. Traveling to beautiful places and my love of nature provide endless inspiration.
Upon graduating from Towson University with a BA in Fine Arts, I moved to New York City, explored my education as a working artist, and continued formal studies at the Art Students League of New York and the National Academy Museum and School in Manhattan. Upon returning to Baltimore, my learning curve continued at MICA, Schuler School and dozens of pastel and painting workshops and events around the Country.
Teaching art to adults in recovery at substance abuse treatment centers in Baltimore City is among the most rewarding aspects of my career. Initiating art programs at Tuerk House, Marian House and Penn North, where art making and creative expression became an integral part of the treatment plan for addicts, has been personally fulfilling and adds much to the joy I take from art. During my tenure on MICA’s Community Art Board, we initiated student internships in these treatment centers. Equally passionate about sharing my love of art with youth. I volunteer as the coordinator and instructor of a drawing club at Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy, an independent middle school for boys from low income families in downtown Baltimore.
My studio is located at the The Mill Centre in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore. I have worked professionally as an artist, designer and teacher for over twenty-five years. My work has been shown in galleries up and down the East Coast, and is included in private and corporate collections throughout the United States.
Pastel Society of America, Maryland Pastel Society (signature member), MAPAPA, and American Impressionists Society