Artist Biography: Born on Staten Island, the most rural borough of New York City I lived in the NY metropolitan area all my life until 1997. My husband, Akers, and I moved to Gainesville where he works with endangered species butterflies at UF. I began my formal study of art at Philadelphia College of Art while still in High School and continued with three years of printmaking and oil painting at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. While working as a personnel manager in a busy Health Food business I studied and taught meditation techniques and programs for self-awareness with The Arica Institute. I continued my interest in art, taking watercolor painting and figure drawing classes at the Art Students League and at Cooper Union in NYC and attending workshops with well-known watercolor painters. I presently teach watercolor painting in private classes in Gainesville, FL.
Artist Statement: My paintings are about the natural beauty of the place I live. Landscapes, beautiful gardens, old houses, nature trails, rivers and lakes are the subject matter that inspires me. My work is also inspired by the community where I live; the artists, naturalists, writers, teachers, scientists, and healers who contribute their creative energies to our shared community. Teaching is as much a part of my creative work as painting, working with people as they learn to access their creativity nurtures me and provides the way for my contribution to the community. My goal is to reflect the beauty of our natural world and inspire its conservation and protection.
My recent work focuses on images of the human condition at the dawn of the second millennium. After the millennium scenes of war from Iraq and Afghanistan began to appear in the news. The landscape and city scenes reminded me of my home, Florida and my roots in Brooklyn. More and more my awareness was shifting to the people in the scenes.I think often of the axiom “Humanity is One Spirit” as I absorb images of groups of people interacting in the real world. Political groups, religious groups, their adherents, their casualties, etc.