I requested my sketchbook in late October and it arrived right away with the randomly assigned theme Adhere to me printed on the back cover. Adhere to me. What does that mean? The phrase became garbled letters without ideas and then slowly clarified into phrases, the best of which became the first pages. More churning ensued with no focus at all. I set the project aside. Within a few days, the book called me to look at what I spend my time thinking about, obsessing over, losing sleep as a result of, and so on. My thoughts, in fact, do adhere to me. These obsessions, connected because they reside in my mind, became the chapters in my book. The ideas dictated the form and materials used. I spent the next few months working exclusively, obsessively, on this project.
As an artist I am motivated by curiosity, a question asked, an attempt to understand the connection between seemingly disparate ideas or stances. What would happen if…? I am interested in language and how we use it when talking with ourselves and others. The theme of transformation repeats itself frequently in my work. I often represent the figure but in this case, I wanted to use thoughts in place of a body.
In every medium, I think in terms of components or collections of ideas fitting together to make up a larger whole. This preoccupation mirrors our fractured lives and the way we are continually integrating information, time, relationships and experiences then piecing ourselves back together in order to rearrange ourselves again.
I earned degrees from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore (MFA) and the College of New Rochelle in New York (BFA). I have received numerous awards including three Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, one from the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, and two nominations to participate in the Florence Biennale. In addition to exhibiting my work, I am involved on many other levels in art including, art education, book illustration, leading workshops, and as a creative consultant.
My work is in more than 100 private collections in the U.S. and Canada. Public collections include: Golden Artist Colors (New Berlin, NY), The College of New Rochelle (NY), Harford Community College (Bel Air, MD), and St. Joseph’s Nursing Home (Baltimore, MD).
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