SHORT BIO


I was born in Washington DC and spent my formative years in Heidelberg, Germany. I received a BA in Art from Chatham College in Pittsburgh, studied printmaking at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, and later received an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. In addition to being a printmaker, I worked for twenty years as a graphic designer, both for exhibit design firms, specializing in science museums, and children’s book publishers. I taught introductory and advanced printmaking at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Wheaton College. For the last 21 years I was on the faculty at Lesley University College of Art and Design (formerly The Art Institute of Boston).


I am currently a member (and was the president for five years) of Full Tilt Print Studio, a printmaking collaborative formerly known as EES Arts.


My work is in many private and public collections including the following:

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Philadelphia Museum of Art

DeCordova Museum

New York Public Library

Worcester Art Museum

Boston Public Library



ARTIST'S STATEMENT


Biologically-inspired shapes have given way to geometry in the Tower Series and the Scaffold Series. Both make use of simple architectural elements and reference the change in my immediate physical environment. Intense urban development in my Fenway neighborhood encircles my living space, creating an uncomfortable sense of enclosure and density. In what was once a village-like atmosphere of small, brick apartments, enormous, expensive, towers have sprouted up quickly. More of them are on the way. Surprisingly, I am attracted to the geometry of the scaffolding needed to erect these buildings, especially from a distance when the total structure can be viewed in its entirety.


Over the course of the Tower Series, I’ve realized that the paintings are really self-portraits in building form—the singular tower being a figure substitute, perhaps a visual metonomy. Often tightly gridded and impenetrable, they infer a blockade. Although they look like they are collaged, their component parts are built up with paint overlay, one shape on top of another, and assembled to suggest a teetering and uneasy sense of balance and disequilibrium.