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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.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Irish Diaspora

The Irish Diaspora

The Irish Diaspora consists of all the people who claim Irish descent and reside outside of Ireland. I am grateful to be part of the Irish Diaspora in the United States. The Irish have made significant contributions to this country and many other countries around the world. Large numbers of Irish emigrants and their descendents now reside in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Argentina, New Zealand, Mexico, South Africa, Brazil and states of the Caribbean and continental Europe. Today, 80 million people around the world claim Irish heritage and 41 million of them are in the United States.

These Fucking Potatoes Are Rotten

My family, like many others, joined this community of dispersed Irish because of the Potato Famine in the 1860s. My ancestors came to the United States for a better life, landed in New York, and the family stayed there for generations.

Many of my family members have contributed directly to building this great nation. My great-grandfather worked on the first transcontinental railroad that connected the eastern part of the country to the west. My paternal grandfather was an architect and many of the buildings and neighborhoods he designed and built are still part of the New York landscape. My maternal grandfather was an attorney and my father was a civil engineer who made significant contributions to bridge designs throughout the United States after serving in the Army Air Corps during WWII.

There were educated women in my family who also contributed to society. There were doctors, lawyers, mothers, teachers, nurses, business women, artists, a police detective and a nun.

My husband and I moved to California 25 years ago looking for a better life for our family. Some traditions just don’t die.