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.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Painting with Children

I teach college, but have always enjoyed painting with children.  My granddaughter, daughter, and I painted this elephant on a discarded palm frond.

 Clara is putting the finishing touches on the elephant head before we hang it. We couldn't have done it without her.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Old Stuff-Assemblages and 3-D Artwork

These Assemblages and 3-Dimensional Artworks were made from 1997-2004 in partial fulfillment of both doctoral and master's degrees.

Cosmic Energy Divided
26”x 17” Tile, copper wire and foil in paraffin in recycled cutlery box

American Dream Timeline
31”x 88” Mixed media

Friday, November 4, 2011

Fractals-Just love 'em

What is a fractal?  A fractal is a geometric figure, each part of which has the same statistical character as the whole. A fractal can be split into parts, each of which is a reduced-size copy of the whole. Think of a tree and its branches or a snowflake.  Check out these Buddha Fractals, Wave Fractals and a Fractal Fractal.  They are easy to make at any of the free online fractal generators. Try it yourself!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

More Old Stuff-Installation Art

Images of The Circle Way Installation at The Expressive Arts Institute Gallery in San Diego. Encaustic on canvas. The Circle Way is an expression of  'enlightenment' or the 'ecstatic experience'. Some believe this experience can not be represented or expressed in art or any other way and it is futile to attempt it. I disagree, and The Circle Way is an installation in an immersive space to give the viewers the opportunity to experience for themselves within the space itself.  The Circle Way includes the immersive space, video, music, performance, and large circular canvases in encaustic which is a wax-based medium applied while hot. See the Spiritual in Art: Abstract Painting 1890-1985 by Maurice Tuchman for ways artists have tried to depict or express the 'mystical experience'.

Old Stuff-Drawings from a Long Time Ago

Times Square.  Graphite on paper. 18" x 24". 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Even More Old Stuff-A Few Paintings from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s

Old Stuff-A Few Paintings from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s 

1990s. Windy Day at Rockaway. 38"x11". Oil on Canvas.

Old Stuff-Border Pictures and other Photos

US-Mexican Border in 2006. I was given permission to take pictures along the US-Mexican Border.


Three boys looking through the Fence on the beach where the Fence meets the Pacific Ocean.