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 composition's 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 where I explored my education as working artist. I continued my 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 expanded with ongoing continuing education at MICA, Schuler School and dozens of pastel and painting workshops and events around the Country.
For many years I have taught art to adults in recovery and substance abuse treatment centers in Baltimore City. I began art programs at Tuerk House, Marian House and Penn North, which use art making and creative expression as an integral part of their treatment plan for addicts. I am a former member of MICA’s Community Art Board, which initiated student internships in these treatment centers. I am 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 Center, 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