About Me

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Corvallis, OR, United States
I am essentially self-taught and have been making art and design for decades. I have been a graphic artist, jewelry, furniture and clothing designer, painter and printmaker, art facilitator and teacher. I’ve exhibited my artwork in numerous group and solo shows in the US and Europe. I am originally from Queens, New York where I received a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology from Queens College. In order to teach art, I returned to school and received a Master of Arts Degree in Humanities from California State University Dominguez Hills, and a Practice-based Doctoral Research Degree in Fine Art-Painting from De Montfort University in Leicester, England. I also hold another Master of Arts Degree in Education. I have taught studio art and design, art history, research, and education for over 12 years at the graduate and undergraduate levels, online and on ground. I recently closed my studio in Asheville, NC where I facilitated art and design workshops for 5 years. I now live in Corvallis, Oregon where I continue to make art. I have 4 children and 3 grandchildren.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

I took a ceramics class and I'm hooked!


These are the pots I made in ceramics class at Linn Benton Community College (Benton Center)!  
So much fun!
The instructors are fantastic and the volunteer staff is phenomenal! 
I'm going back!

Sunday, January 26, 2020

The Ancient Ones


The Ancient Ones is a series of paintings of very old trees that still live among us. The idea grew from my love of trees. Yes, I am a tree nerd-I just can't help myself! 

Moving around the country since the 1980s has seriously destroyed my own personal sense of place. Yet, I know I am not alone. Humans migrate; some by choice and others out of necessity.

The trees in this series remind me that some living things, despite climate change, are still with us in virtually the same place they began life thousands of years ago. I love that idea.

Pando is Latin for 'spreading out' and this 'Trembling Giant' has been doing just that for 80,000 years. Pando is a clonal quaking aspen in Utah, USA and the subject of the first in a series of four paintings. 






Pando 
48" x 60"
Oil on Canvas


Number 3 in the series: The Ancient Ones


Climate change is always on my mind, as it is for many of you. Eco-responsible art-making has been a priority for me for many decades.  The Ancient Ones series continues that tradition while focusing upon essential yet vulnerable living things that will probably still be here long after humans are not.  

Old T or Old Tjikko, a clonal tree that regenerates trunks, branches, and roots over long periods of time, is almost 10,000 years old. Old Tjikko is deceiving. We can see the 300 hundred year old  spruce shooting out of the ground, however, most of Old Tjikko is ancient and underground. Clonal trees are mostly roots underground shooting up those familiar trees we love so much.  Old T is a Norway spruce located in Sweden. 






Old T
48" x 60"
Oil on Canvas


Methuselah is a 5000 year old Bristlecone pine tree in the White Mountains in California. It is the oldest living non-clonal tree in the world. Its actual location is a secret!  What an ancient beauty!



Methuselah
48" x 60"
Oil on Canvas

This piece is my expression of the Comfort Maple in Pelham, Ontario.   The Comfort Maple is just a babe in the woods at only 500 years old.  I chose to paint this sugar maple in fall because of, well, the color of course!

This was an exciting and interesting experiment in paint! I used the process to exorcise my own dis-comfort. Whenever I felt angry, sad, anxious, or generally out of sorts, I would head to the studio and apply color to Comfort. It truly was a cathartic as well as a ‘comforting’ experience to unleash my pain in this manner.  I realize now that many of my expressive pieces are born of my own personal distress and it is truly comforting to expel my demons in this manner. 

The problem with this kind of expression is it may never end. Comfort just may sit in my studio for years as I apply layer after layer of angst in the form of paint as my way to just let shit go! 


Comfort
48" x 60"
Oil on Canvas

100% of the profits from the sale of the paintings in this series will go to a non-profit organization working toward reforestation and conservation. 

"Buddha's words: A tree is a wonderous thing that shelters, feeds, and protects all living things. It even offers shade to the axmen who destroy it."  Richard Powers, The Overstory 








Wild Women 2020

Check out the fantastic art in the Wild Women 2020 Show at the River Gallery in Independence Oregon.  The Show is on until February 29th, 2020.
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Sunday, October 6, 2019

En Plein Air-Corvallis


En Plein Air on Circle
16" x 20"
Oil on canvas

Monday, September 30, 2019

trying something new




Autumn in New York.
28" x 43"
Oil and acrylic on canvas

Friday, September 20, 2019

KItschy cats


The Cat Who Ate the Canary 
46" x 14" 
Oil on wood

Monday, August 26, 2019

Artist residency





Come to the Corvallis Library on October 28, 2019 at 6:30 PM for a presentation and how to apply for an

Artist Residency

in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument 

with the 

Bureau of Land Management  



Friday, August 16, 2019

The Fall



The Fall. 24" x 48". Chalk pastel on repurposed masonite.
The transience of both autumn and 'white male privilege' is expressed in the image and chosen medium in this artwork.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

New adventures await in Oregon





The Urban Art Retreat and Studio is closed (pictured).

It has been magical!  


I feel privileged to have been part of a truly fantastic art community in Asheville, North Carolina for 5 years. While there,  I facilitated  a variety of workshops and hosted visiting artists/instructors at my studio, began the Montford Artwalk, and exhibited my work at the Asheville Airport. 

The people who came for workshops at the studio were so wonderful and talented. I feel fortunate to have met them all and had the opportunity to work with them to explore their talent and find their inner artist.

I am now on to new and exciting things in Corvallis, Oregon. The Pacific Northwest is breathtakingly beautiful and inspiring! 

I miss you, Don.




Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Open your Mind


Open your Mind
Acrylic on canvas. 24 x 30.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Winter Trees and Summer Breeze


Winter Trees
20" x 60"
Acrylic on canvas
$750
As the biggest plants on earth, trees not only provide us with oxygen, store carbon, stabilize the soil, and enrich the world's wildlife, they are absolutely beautiful in all seasons. I just love trees and this is why I live in a temperate rain-forest.  If you get a chance, paint a tree! Better yet, plant one!


Summer Breeze
7"x 9"
Oil on Canvas
$100

Friday, March 31, 2017

15 minute painting


I was driving up Brevard Road and noticed this bucolic scene once again.  I came home, took out a 16 x 20 inch canvas and painted it in acrylic. I used, red, white, blue, yellow and three greens; phthalo, olive and light. It took about 15 minutes.  I took a picture with my phone and added a poster edge filter in Photoshop and here you have it.    

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Birds of Paradise Lost


Birds of Paradise Lost
Oil on Canvas 48"x 60"



Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Birth of Ideas


Mind Box III: The Birth of Ideas 
14 x 14 x 5. Acrylic paint on repurposed objects; eggshells, shadow box with sketches and ideas for a painting and a string of LED lights.  

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Sheep and the Willfully Blind


Sheep and the Willfully Blind.  18 x 24. Oil on Canvas.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Guitar Heaven


Guitar Heaven. 14" x 17" Pencil drawing. 
Trying for a little closure after my son, Marty's death. He would have gotten a chuckle out of this one.  

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Truth is the Daughter of Time

This painting is based on an old proverb of unknown origin.



Truth is the  Daughter of Time. Oil on Canvas. 48" X 60". 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Family Matters



Family Matters. Oil on Canvas 48" x 36".



Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Brothers



The Brothers. Oil on Canvas 36" x 24". 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Subtle Goddess


Subtle Goddess. 48" x 32". Acrylic on Canvas.  $400.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Mind Boxes and Painting Series


Mind Box 1. Found and constructed objects in a box.  The mind box is a visual stream of consciousness tool for a series of  3 paintings inspired by a visit to the Solheimajokull Glacier in Iceland. There are rocks, seeds, human migration paths,  mini prints of paintings I've done and photos I've taken, images of and by my deceased son, a quote by Krishnamurti, images of Snowflake Bentley's photos of snowflakes, a mini skeleton, DNA strand, linoleum block print of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and other items. Although some of the items seem to have nothing to do with glaciers, they connect in my own mind. Click  'read more' to see the rest of the continuing series.


Ice Cave Dream Triptych. Oil on Canvas 16" x 32"



Sunday, January 17, 2016

Arcadian Modern


Arcadian Modern. 14"x17" Acrylic on canvas. $300.00. A little nod to Joaquin Torres-Garcia.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

How to make a wax resist acrylic painting on cotton cloth

Click 'read more' to see the steps in creating this simple image.

 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Dakota


Dakota. 38" x 26" mixed media.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Release your Inner Artist

"The process of painting springs from interest. The artist is done when that special thing has been said." Robert Henri


Making art is so often about experimenting!  There is no right or wrong way to make art. We  are all artists!
Get out there and make some art. Nature is the premier inspiration and there is no better time to be inspired than in the Fall with brilliant warm colors everywhere you look.

This piece is made from what I believe is a rusted license plate (I found it on the ground)!  Encaustic colors are heat fused to it in layers. I am inspired by walking around Asheville, North Carolina as the season changes. Check  The Urban Art Retreat and Studio for encaustic workshops or en plein air gatherings. I offer them quite frequently.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

En Plein Air


En plein air acrylic painting from the Asheville Botanical Gardens. Frame constructed from re-purposed wood.   En plein air painting can be a way to meditate!

J. Krishnamurti says it best:

"Meditation is one of the greatest arts in life, perhaps the greatest, and one cannot possibly learn it from anybody. That is the beauty of it. It has no technique and therefore no authority. When you learn about yourself, watch yourself, watch the way you walk, how you eat, what you say, the gossip, the hate, the jealousy, if you are aware of all that in yourself, without any choice, that is part of meditation. 
So meditation can take place when you are sitting in a bus or walking in the woods full of light and shadows, or listening to the singing of the birds . . .

The meditator is the meditation."

J. Krishnamurti

The free en plein air gatherings at the Asheville Botanical Gardens are 2 hours long and are held once a month when weather permits.  Go to The Urban Art Retreat and Studio to reserve a spot at the next gathering. There will be two more this year.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Color Journaling


Color journaling can be a fun way to relax and enjoy nature and painting.  There is no pressure to perform and there is no wrong way to paint what you see, because your journal is private.  You can use a color journal session to practice painting or drawing moments in time much like Monet or any of the Impressionists. Color journal classes are offered at the Urban Art Retreat and Studio.  To enroll, simply send me an email when you see it offered. Drawing/painting materials and journal are provided.

Class: $30
Materials: $5

Monday, May 25, 2015

Indigo Squall


Indigo Squall. 2015. 
Acrylic on canvas. 36" x 72". $5,000.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Brooklyn Snow Day

Brooklyn Snow Day. 24" x 30". Painted in little over 2 hours in oil on found board in the spirit of the Ashcan School style of painting.



The Ashcan School Movement was an early 20th Century American artistic movement portraying daily life in New York City. Using gestural strokes, the Ashcan artists concentrated on the vitality and energy of the growing city teeming with immigrants and new industry.


Corner Bistro 15" x 15". Acrylic on re-purposed wooden board. Painted from a photo taken by Nick Puglisi. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Helm of Awe

Ægishjálmur, Helm of Awe or Helm of Terror is an Icelandic magical stave that was used to induce fear or protect against the abuse of power. 

Mini Installation
Mixed Media


Monday, November 11, 2013

The Urban Art Retreat and Studio of Asheville is closed.



The Urban Art Retreat and Studio of Asheville is now closed.


 Offering a variety of Art, Design and Craft workshops.  


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

100 Goddesses, Saints and Other Heavenly Hosts: Inspirations from Sacred Feminine Mythology


100 Goddesses, Saints and Other Heavenly Hosts: Inspirations from Sacred Feminine Mythology by my 'nom de plume' Zoe Sinclair is now available on Amazon.com and Kindle. The book is also available for free on Kindle Matchbook.

All royalties go to Parkinson's disease research.


Saturday, April 6, 2013

OLD HIPPIE ARTS AND CRAFTS


Beaded Earrings 

 

 $15.00
Non-allergenic stainless steel ear wire 
New styles all the time!




More earring designs. All color choices not shown here.