“It is by being a metaphor that [a painting] can deliver an unrecognizable piece of somebody else’s world which is, none the less for that instant at least, experienced as true, is believed.” –Sargy Mann
The motifs and processes I’m drawn to result in the representation of some aspect of reality. But I’m less interested in accurate description and more interested in a personal translation of that reality and how the values, shapes, edges, and colors relate. And then how, if the experiment works, the painting transcends its two-dimensional surface and becomes vibrant with its own attractive drama or logic or DNA. That creative aspect of making a painting is pure magic to me.
In addition to being a painter, I’m the proud mom of two daughters, grandma to the sweetest baby boy, and a semi-retired communications executive. I live in the suburbs of Philadelphia.
My first experience with studio painting began as a humanities major at Penn State. Right after college in the early 90s, I worked as a magazine editor and served as a founding director for the Lancaster, PA-based nonprofit group New Art Voices, which provided alternative venues and multi-media exhibitions for regional artists.
Between then and now I’ve had the joy of raising my two daughters and navigating a career in public relations, while painting only occasionally but always feeling the draw of needing to paint.
So in recent years I’ve established a committed painting practice — one further fueled by the isolation required during the COVID-19 pandemic. A number of art centers and studios, along with their incredible teams of painters, have become invaluable resources for me. These schools include Winslow Art Center, Washington Studio School, Wayne Art Center, and Penn Studio School of Art.