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.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Wabi-Sabi Trees in Winter

Wabi-sabi Trees in Winter
36" x 52" Mixed media

Wabi-sabi (nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect).  

Wabi-sabi is a Japanese aesthetic that centers on transience and imperfection. It is a concept derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence; impermanence, suffering, and emptiness. Artistic characteristics of wabi-sabi are asymmetry, irregularity, simplicity, economy, intimacy and appreciation of natural objects and processes.  To read more about Wabi-sabi see Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers by Leonard Koren.