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My husband Joe once wrote me a poem called The Osprey. This was about a year or so after we moved to the Connecticut shoreline. In the months since we’d moved I’d become - obsessed is the only way to put it - with ospreys. Ospreys are large migrating birds of prey whose sole diet consists of fish that they must dive for, in a never ending death-defying act, in a play that’s been going on since long before man appeared on stage.
Humankind’s relationship with the natural world is something I think about all the time, and it is what drives my vision and my art.
Blackpoll Warblers, that weigh less than a nickel, fly non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean during fall migration and absorb their own organs for energy. Could you imagine doing anything even approaching such a feat? And they do it without harming any other species. How can you not have anything but respect for such a badass animal?
My art has been a progression from super-realistic portraits of birds to semi-abstract pieces inspired by the colors and patterns of the natural world. In my latest works I utilize reactive metal paints to create dynamic images of life, change, beauty, and growth. These paints contain the elements iron and copper, which are then oxidized to create rust and patina. I am especially fascinated by the corrosion that takes place both within and out of my control. So much of our world we strive to control; we tend not to think about the temporary nature of our very existence. This medium, combined with additions like stenciling or gold leaf, enables me to create a little beauty amid the ruins of our time, a little order in the chaos.
Monsieur and Madame Osprey
File their joint return
A sunny deadline.
The tender deadwood, taloned
Branch by branch to soften the romance,
Divining rods, maulsticks,
For this season’s masterwork.
She plunges a sinister eye,
Plunks a drunken bunker,
Plunder from below,
Roe to shore for a lover.
A fingerling to a darling babe,
Fledging a different path,
Two years, three,
To start their own golden brood.
2018 Solo exhibition, Branford Art Center, Branford, CT
2018 Lyme Art Association Juried Exhibition
2017 Whitney Center for the Arts Juried Exhibition
2017 Lyme Art Association Juried Marine Exhibition
2017 Essex Art Association Juried Spring Show
2017 Madison Art Society Juried Spring Show
2017 Friends & Co, two-person show, Madison, CT
2016 Guilford Art League Spring Show
2015-18 Branford Art Center, Branford, CT
2016-17 Bird Nest Gallery, Guilford, CT
2015 Salon, international summit of decorative artists, Lecce, IT
2017 Winner, Moore Award, Essex Art Association
2016 Winner, People's Choice Award, Guilford Art League
2014 Featured in New Haven Independent
2013 Featured in Artisphere Magazine
2009 Featured artist, ID-Digest.com
Commissions of Note
2017 Stations of the Cross, 14 paintings for Saint Catherine of Siena, West Simsbury, CT
2017 Children's room mural, Fairfield Library, Fairfield, CT
2014 Large trompe l'oeil windows, Brewery Square, New Haven, CT
2012 Wood graining subcontractor for Yale University Art Gallery
2012 Designed and created a mural for the historic Quinnipiack Club, New Haven, CT
2009 Mural and decorative work for the Beecher Museum School, New Haven, CT
2008 On site work as decorative artist for Holland America Cruise Lines, Rotterdam, NL
Charitable and Community Involvement
2018, ongoing Creation and donation of original portraits done of babies at the Yale New Haven Children's Hospital NICU
2013-18 Participation and donation of artwork to the Leonardo Challenge, Eli Whitney Museum, Hamden, CT
2014 Donation of a mural for the pediatric short stay unit, Yale New Haven Children's Hospital
2014 Participating artist for Her Haven philanthropic organization creating art for the community
2013 Participation in the philanthropic mural project for the Payton Manning Children's Hospital, Indianapolis, IN
2012 Participation in the philanthropic Mural Project for Veterans, Reno, NV
2011-1 Donation of artwork to the Canvas Peace Project, empowering the women of South Sudan
Shoreline Arts Alliance
Lyme Art Association
Essex Art Association
Madison Art Society
Salon, international summit of decorative artists
IDAL, International Decorative Artists’ League
2003-Present Owner, Artistic Finishes decorative painting. Creating site-specific murals, wall finishes, and other art. Working with designers, homeowners, churches and others, to provide decorative services throughout the Northeast.
1985 B.A., Studio Art, SUNY Albany, Albany, NY
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