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I have been making art and design for decades. I have been a graphic artist, jewelry, furniture and clothing designer, painter and print maker. 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. I hold 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. I have 4 children and 2 grandchildren.

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


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.