In my earliest childhood memories, I am crawling up an enormous staircase to an elderly neighbor's apartment. There, I would sit and stare at walls covered with works of art. Though I memorized the images, I returned each day to see them again. I knew then that I wanted to be an artist.
I earned a BFA from Tyler School of Art, in Pennsylvania, and worked as a graphic designer for many years. Later, I completed an M.Ed. from Lehigh University in counseling and human services. While working as a counselor, I studied classical art with Myron Barnstone at the Barnstone Studios.
Painting and counseling have allowed me to achieve a necessary balance in my life. In my practice, I spend my days engaged in unpredictable and intense discussions with clients of all ages and backgrounds. In contrast, my studio is where I go to relish the quiet and solitude of producing a work of art.
My past work as a graphic designer has informed my sense of composition and design. I also incorporate the principles of Dynamic Symmetry and color theory to achieve a harmonious composition.
Working as a counselor–and spending thousands of hours looking at people–has also influenced my painting. I am interested in capturing the mood and emotions of my subjects and conveying their internal experience. Whether I have known the subject for years, or have had only a brief encounter, I try to depict more than their mere likeness.
I work primarily in oils. I have always loved this medium, as it is very controllable, but it requires patience. I pace myself. As I wait for layers of paint to dry, I decide whether or not to make subtle changes.
Each painting is a process in which I immerse myself for the duration. Like reading a good book, I am often sad when a painting is finally complete. But before I apply the last stroke, I have already begun to plan and look forward to my next project.
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