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I was born in 1965 and raised in the lush green suburbs of northern New Jersey, in the halo of NYC and its cultural treasures, visiting the city at an early age and as often as I could. I graduated from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh while designing and art directing in a local advertising agency. After finishing my Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art and Design from Point Park College, I returned east to pursue theological studies at Alliance Theological Seminary. Master of Divinity in hand, I accepted an administrative position at the seminary, continuing to design on a freelance basis.
In 1997, I relocated to the American Southwest. The wide open sky and saturated colors captivated my spirit. Designing full time from my home office, I began painting abstract works as a way to transcend the flat, artificially perfect world inside the computer. Using my hands, once again, to manipulate real physical materials was just the needed catalyst for an explosion of light, color, and delectable texture.
I think the energy of life is a kind of random chaos. Each of us makes some semblance of meaning out of this raw material, attempting to impose order, rearranging, moving and combining ideas, events and people. We repeat, correct, update and edit the narrative of our histories.
We explore, affect, and move the present, overlaying what has come before. Living is a messy process. And this is my basic approach to creating work: chaos moves toward order, layer builds on layer, simplicity gives way to complexity. The disorderly and chaotic shapes, colors, and materials, over time, form a beauty, a logic, a composition arrived at, rather than aimed for; discovered and coaxed, rather than intended or forced.
Rather than my dictating what a painting is 'supposed to be,’ I'd rather the viewer be aware of what is occurring internally for them, what they bring to the piece at each viewing. Most of my work is intentionally non-objective, allowing the random, corralling the chaotic. Many iterations have been arrived at along the way, some lived with, modified, and each 'life' lived is incorporated into the final. Like an archeological dig, each layer of history informs the present composition.
My challenge to the viewer: connect with my work from a precognitive, nonverbal place; hold closure at bay; appreciate being in the moment with ambiguity.
I have been designated as a "Trusted Art Seller" with The Art Storefronts Organization, which means you can shop with confidence, and know that my fine art prints are of the highest quality and craftsmanship available.
1994 Alliance Theological Seminary, Nyack, NY, Master of Divinity
1991 Point Park College, Pittsburgh, PA, BA in Visual Arts and Design
1985 Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, Associate Degree in Visual Communication
2020 55Main Gallery, Bisbee, AZ
2018 Senae Thai Bistro, Tucson, AZ
2017 Pastiche Restaurant, Tucson, AZ
2016 Raices-Taller Gallery and Workshop, Tucson, AZ 85715 (Small Pieces Show)
2013 Pastiche Restaurant, Tucson, AZ
2013 Nyack College, New York City, NY
2012 Featured Artist–Feast Restaurant, Tucson, AZ
2012 1 Person Show–Central Arizona College, Coolidge, AZ
2012 1 Person Show–University of Arizona, Kachina Lounge Gallery
2012 1 Person Show–Pita Jungle Restaurant, Tucson, AZ
2012 Featured Artist–Ventana Medical Systems, Oro Valley, AZ
2012 Group Show–Dragonfly Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2011 1 Person Show–Pastiche Restaurant, Tucson, AZ
2011 1 Person Show–Colors Food & Spirits, Tucson, AZ
2010 Group Holiday Art Show–YWCA, Tucson, AZ
2008 2 Person Show–Mountain Shadow Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2008 Painter and Sculptor Show–Gilliam’s Center for Creative Design and The Es Posible Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2007 Painter and Sculptor Show–Northern Trust, Tucson, AZ
2007 1 Person Show Benefiting Zambian Children’s Fund–Elle Wine Country Restaurant, Tucson, AZ
2005 2 Person Show–St. Philip’s in the Hills’ Murphy Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2018-2020 55 Main Gallery, Bisbee, AZ
2012-2013 art gallery H, Tubac, AZ
2011 Zimmerman Gallery, Tubac, AZ
2010 The Artist’s Alley, San Francisco, CA
2006-2010 Tansey Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2005-2010 Joan Kaye Cauthorn, Artist’s Representative, Tucson, AZ
1999-2008 Gilliam’s Center for Creative Design and The Es Posible Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1999-2001 Eleanor Jeck Gallery, Tucson, AZ
Nyack College, Nyack, NY
First Magnus, Tucson, AZ
Charter Funding, Tucson, AZ
YWCA, Tucson, AZ
Bellovin & Karnas Law Offices, Tucson, AZ
Elle Wine Country Restaurant, Tucson, AZ
Golden Door Spa, Carefree, AZ
TIHAN: Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network, Tucson, AZ
Terra Cotta Restaurant, Tucson, AZ
D. Tansey, New York, NY/Tucson, AZ
N. Dhaliwall, Atlanta, GA
A. Lehr, Denver, CO
E. O’Hare, Tucson, AZ
R. Sikes, Tucson, AZ
L. Sharon, Detroit, MI
S. Quinlan/R. Soderstrom, Tucson, AZ
W. and S. Cutlip, Marana, AZ
F. Anderson, Pittsburgh, PA
G. Jones, Tucson, AZ
W.B. Roberts/D. Hoover, Richmond, VA
W. Prawicki, Tucson, AZ
J. Elland, Scottsdale, AZ
M. Lopez, Tucson, AZ
Dr. L. Fogle, Tucson, AZ
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