My work reflects a fascination with the circus, its performers, its animals and sideshow acts. I am particularly interested in creating a sense of nostalgia or longing for what once was, but no longer exists. To do this, I use multiple layers of paper and varnish on my drawings to create a surface that suggests the passage of time and a brittle patina of age, a surface that mirrors the transitory nature of performance and the circus tradition. Using this process, I can explore what is most human and universal in the extra-ordinary, exotic and sometimes freakish.
Artist Bio / CV
Since 1996, I have had nine one person exhibitions (in Texas, Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, and Illinois); and have shown in sixteen states as well as Italy. My most recent solo show was at the Museum of Contempoary Art in Virginia in 2012.
After receiving my MFA in Painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art (1975), I studied in Urbino, Italy with Enzo Cucchi and Eliseo Mattiacci, in an advanced painting program sponsored by the School of Visual Arts. I have received two fellowships from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, one in painting and one for works on paper. The painting fellowship funded my travel and research in Rome, Florence and Naples for a project titled: Roman Noses. The second fellowship funded part of my work on a drawing/collage project. I was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome, part of their visiting artist/visiting scholars program - in 2011, 2009, and 2005. My work was also included in the June/July 2010 issue of New American Paintings Magazine and in Studio Visit Magazine, 2012.