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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.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Destroyer of Obstacles

Destroyer of Obstacles. Acrylic on canvas. 18"x 24". Ganesha, the elephant-headed god in the Hindu Pantheon, is said to have the elephant's ability to remove obstacles and is besought by his followers before any task to overcome difficulties. This painting is made with only 4 colors, titanium white, cadmium red, cadmium yellow and ultramarine blue acrylic paint. 

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Video-How to make a single color linoleum block print

This is an easy process and you don't need any drawing or painting skills to make a print.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Video- How to make an artist's canvas

Since Studio 71 is committed to eco-responsible design, all wood used is reclaimed and recycled.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Reclaimed Materials

Fiddleheads and Poppies. Oil on Canvas. 16" x20". This painting was made from a reclaimed canvas and frame. The textures were achieved by mixing large amounts of linseed oil to the paint and allowing each layer to dry in the sun. Giclée prints can be purchased from the artist.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Kaleidoscope of Death

Kaleidoscope of Death. Digital Print. 20"x20". This piece is the beginning of a series entitled The Skeleton Project. There will be more skeleton related artwork on this site in the coming months. I used simple filters to make changes to a photograph of a skeleton and the free transform tool to create this radial design in Photoshop.

Sustainable Design

Monterey pine table with reclaimed glass table top. 36” x 36”. Pine branches were harvested and allowed to dry in the sun for almost a year. The bark was removed, legs cut and configured to mimic nature. You can see why I need a new studio space. I don’t even have a space to photograph. If you know of a commercial or mixed use building for sale in San Diego County let me know!

Hand Bag

Hand bag. 12"x16". This lightweight bag is one of many styles and colors available from Design Studio 71. All bags are hand-made.

Paper Circles

Paper Circles. Cut Paper. Hand-made paper. 8"x 10". This piece is all about the Principles of Design. It is a simple arrangement of lines, shapes and patterns to create balance, unity, rhythm and proportion. Is it successful?

Zen Painting

Grasses and Cattails. Ink and paint on hand-made recycled paper. Each panel 4"x 13".
Zen painting is effortless and natural in an attempt to mirror and enhance Zen meditation practice.


Geisha. Linoleum cut. Ink on hand-made paper. 14"x17". Geisha on the street in Kyoto, Japan.

Kyoto Street

Kyoto Street. Linoleum cut. Ink on hand-made paper. 8"x10". Kyoto was not firebombed during WWII and as a result is one of the best preserved cities in Japan.

Cut Paper

Cut Paper. Hand-made recycled paper. Each panel is 13"x 37" framed. Paper cutting is a traditional Chinese craft that has existed for thousands of years (later in Japan). These panels are part of a series inspired by the age old tradition. The first panel is Chrysanthemums, first cultivated in China but later adapted by the Japanese Emperor and used as objects of meditation in both China and Japan. The second panel is entitled Eclipse. The third panel, entitled Penrose is made of only two shapes with equal sides to form a Penrose tiling design. The fourth pattern is intended to be ambiguous. It is entitled Faces, but do you see faces or flowers?

Kimono Shop

Kimono Shop.Linoleum cut. Ink on hand-made paper. 8" x 10".Linoleum may not be the traditional way to make a block print, but it is easier to cut and less expensive than wood.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Shinjuku Line

Shinjuku Line. Linoleum cut. Ink on hand-made recycled paper. 16" x 20".Inspired by a trip to Japan while on Sabbatical. Just about all of my artwork since the trip has been influenced by Japanese art and design. I love Superflat, Manga, Woodblock Prints from the 1950s and a whole lot more.