I returned to the studio after 37 years working in the SUNY system. My undergraduate degree is in Counseling Psychology and graduate Degree in Humanistic Education. However, I have always been an artist and started early in my childhood as a plein air artist and later years towards commercial and graphic arts. I completed courses in fashion design, photography, illustration and textile design with New York Phoenix School of Design, The Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons School of Design.
My medium today is encaustic art and it happened by chance seven years ago when I became a beekeeper. This ancient form uses molten beeswax, damar resin crystals, and pigment as hot paint. My clear wax medium comes from my hives. I found this natural medium in a very subtle way. It was love at first sight pleasing all senses: touch, smell and the feel and texture of wax. Three forms merging: photographs, wax and pigment oils . The cause and effect I find was exhilarating. At each stage of work I always find myself on a different level plane as it constantly changes in form, luminosity and texture. My paintings explore material, color and space. The visual texture and its translucency are profound. I paint with emotions and feel my way into each piece.
My encaustic work is always evolving. I enjoy incorporating collage materials, photographs and found objects, sometimes revealed and sometimes not. Often I draw with graphite pencil on rice paper and transfer that into the painting.
I am a native of Hudson and live with my husband and several fur babes along with hundred thousand honeybees. I love to keep bees, farm and garden. I have exhibited in juried and solo shows throughout Albany, Columbia, Greene, Dutchess, Ulster Counties and Saratoga Counties, New York City and Lee, Mass. I am a member of the National Association of Women Artists, Inc., Columbia County Council on the Arts, Greene County Council on the Arts, Woodstock Association Arts Museum, International Encaustic Artists Organization and the Athens Cultural Center. I am a New York Foundation on the Arts (NYFA) MARK artist and the recipient of the 2013 New York State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Tier Grant that was administered through the Community Arts Grants Fund Decentralization Program for my twenty encaustic documentary project “The Forgotten Holocaust." The exhibit has traveled throughout New York State amd is scheduled for various venues throughout the year.