These painting assemblages are made of plywood and Masonite shapes that I first draw and cut by a jig or scroll saw and then paint in oil.
I look to animate referential flora and fauna elements by shifting and clustering them about in various configurations. What unfolds is a dance-like experience for the shapes and myself.
I am driven by the endless possibilities of transitions and sequences of color, contour and gesture. And as well, by a need to gather and re-construct what whirls about in my joyful yet fragmented and visually chaotic world.
When relationships and a new sense of space intrigue me - - I finally freeze the action and bind the pieces together.
Artist Bio / CV
M.F.A. Painting, University of Pennsylvania, Phile., PA
Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
B.S. Studio Art, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
Various Exhibitions, Including:
2012 National Juried Exhibition: Yvonne Jacquette, Juror, Prince Street Gallery, NYC
2010 Faculty Show, Barry Gallery, Marymount University, VA
2010 Philagrafika 2010: Penn Design Alumni, bahdeebahdu,
2008 Skidmore Alumni Show, Tang Art Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga, NY
2006 Recent Prints, Solo Exhibition, NIH Gallery, MD
2006 Lee Arts Printmakers, Lee Art Center Gallery, VA
2006 Small Works, Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, Smith Farm, Washington, DC
2005 Voices and Visions, NIH Gallery, MD
1984 MFA Exhibition, University of Pennsylvania, Phile.,PA
1983 Small Works, University of Massachusetts Gallery, MA
2009 - Pres.
Professor Fine Arts, Marymount University, Arlington, VA
1995 - 2003
Design/Director Critical and Creative Thinking Lab, Kent Gardens Elementary, McLean, VA. Focus: Cultivating curiosity as an instructional medium; engaging understandings of artists an designers. Ongoing: direction of lab now engaged by others in locations such as Washington, DC and Kenya, Aftrica.
1985 - 1987
Professor Fine Arts: D C Area Universities and Colleges
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