Inherent in the making of art is the transformation of a creative impulse into a creative action. In the visual arts this involves a change from the artistic concept to the art object. My work is strongly motivated by this idea of change, both in the making of the work and in the final image. Eastern philosophy, with its honoring of the simple and its focus on change with mindfulness in the present, is a guiding principle for me. My former profession of practicing psychologist and my experience of being a mother has reinforced the view that living life is about honoring change and recognizing impermanence. Thus the capturing of the ephemeral is essential to my art.

Close observation of the transformation that is inherent in nature, and my interaction with this natural environment, influence my art. The way plants change their form as they grow, the movement of wind and water, and the rhythm of light and shadow inform my work. My art, whether 2D or 3D, often depicts abstracted images moving in an undefined environment. Transitions from internal space to external space, from grounded ness to groundlessness, are consistent themes in my work. The work is often presented in an informal manner with the intent of emphasizing the aesthetics of the everyday.

Simple, easily accessible and often natural objects are my materials of choice. The goal is always to maintain the integrity of the material while transforming it in a manner that allows the artist and the viewer to experience it in a new and often surprising way. The materials used, the lines drawn, the images portrayed, generally have the expressive quality of fragility and vulnerability. The challenge for this artist is to express an emotional sensitivity in the work, while maintaining a substance, an "Itness" that allows it to withstand the passing of time. This challenge is a reflection of my view of human development, the need to remain emotionally open while being strong enough to go the distance.


Honors and Awards

1999
Window of Opportunity Award, Leeway Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

Design, Winter Garden Show, Toronto, Ontario

1996
The Mark Cullinane Prize in Sculpture, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA


Professional Experience

2009
Instructor in Art Aesthetics, West Chester University, West Chester, PA

2007 – present
Instructor in Art Aesthetics, Violette de Mazia Foundation, Wayne, PA

2006 – present
Printmaking Instructor, University of the Arts, PIE, Philadelphia, PA

2006 – 2008
Printmaking Instructor, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

2001 – present
Printmaking Instructor, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2002 – 2004
Printmaking Instructor, Chester Springs Studio,
Chester Springs, PA

1998 – 2000, 2006 – 2009
Member, Base Kamp, Philadelphia, PA


Commissions

2005
“Moon Dwelling”, limited edition print
Commissioned: Main Line Art Center Foundation

1999
Prints in Space, Beaux Arts Ball, PA
Collaborative Project


Selected Exhibitions

Solo

2007
Echoes and Whispers, Naidre’s Cafes, Brooklyn, NY

1996
Sculptural Kites, Episcopal Academy, Devon, PA

Two-person

2007
Natural Selection, AxD Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
with Emma Dodge Hanson

Group

2010
In Depth: Printmaking and Photography, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA
Juried Five-Person Exhibition

Green Mono, Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Diverse Horizons, Widener University, Philadelphia, PA

2009
Annual Faculty Show, Allen’s Lane Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

The Art Trust Gallery, West Chester, PA

Greenfest, three-person show, AxD Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Annual Faculty Show, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2008
Pressed Image, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Works on Paper, The Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Annual Faculty Show, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

Annual Faculty Show, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2007
Annual Faculty Show, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

Annual Faculty Show, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2006
Annual Faculty Show, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

Pressed Image, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Annual Faculty Show, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

Works on Paper, The Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

2005
Annual Faculty Show, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2004
Annual Faculty Show, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2003
Those Who Teach, The Philadelphia Sketch Club,
Philadelphia, PA
Chosen by: Main Line Art Center

Annual Faculty Show, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

Works on Paper, The Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

2002
Annual Faculty Show, Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

1998
Student Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA

1997
Woman Works, Women’s Resource Center, Wayne, PA

Student Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA

1996
Student Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA

1992
American Psychological Association Centennial Art Exhibit, Washington DC
Juror: Angela Adams; Tom Brody; Mary McCoy


Public Art Projects/Installatons

2006
Public Art Project, “Kites: Art Takes Flight”, Collaborative Project
Juried and sponsored: Main Line Art Center

2001
Wall Sculpture, The West Side Grille, Conshohocken, PA
Collaborative project

Water Sculpture, Winter Garden Show, Toronto, Ontario

The Hegemonic Bar, Philadelphia, PA
Collaborative Project

1997
Sculptural kites, Episcopal Academy, Devon, PA