Born in Boston, I grew up on the south shore of Massachusetts before moving to Maine in 1977. I’d studied at Rhode Island School of Design, Boston Museum School, and Massachusetts College of Art as well as with individual painters in both oils, pastels and watercolor. Living in Manhattan in the 1980s I concentrated on figure painting in oils and pastel with Hilary Homes at the Art Students League.
Sailing and traveling in Europe from 2000-2002 I worked in colored pencil and watercolor, producing 200 plein air works on paper for a solo show in Brunswick, Maine. In Maine I’ve studied in oil with Connie Hayes worked in pastel with Carolyn Caldwell, Kathleen Galligan and Anne Heywood. Working so directly in the pure pigment of pastel and experimenting with its many effects continues to delight me. While I am primarily involved with pastels, I do continue to paint in oil, watercolor and acrylics as well, and respond to commission requests.
In addition to being a life-long painter, I’ve worked as a commercial artist, gallery director, a copy-writer, and as a graphic designer in advertising and publishing. No doubt this engagement with communications has influenced how I explore what I paint: I look for connections and relationships, frequently seeking dynamic tension or a suggested narrative.
Recently in Florida, I began to explore new themes and subject matter in my creative work. I take those impulses with me as I move to the mountains and rugged beauty of North Carolina.