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, 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".