Self-Portrait

Statement

For me painting is a unique experience, an energetic act -- with or without results. The process is key. At my best, I approach an idea or the subject with a new mind, feeling it’s a new beginning. I don’t know what will happen but want to be open to new directions that might come up as the work progresses. I expect that the subject (that I already have a feeling for) will speak to me in some new way.

I get energy from what is in front of me – a person I have a feeling about, or a landscape I am learning more and more about. I may already be in love with the subject – but there is always a new looking, a new appreciation, a new awareness, a new love. The more you look, even if it is at a photograph, the more you see. I want to explore in painting – that new vision.

Paint is my language, construction my principal, but the subject is always my inspiration.

My goal is to express through painting a link between what is seen to what is felt. Integrating non-visual ideas -- whether they are spiritual, intellectual, or emotional -- with painterly ones can produce a resonance that is experienced as beauty.

Many artists have inspired me, but I mostly revisit Lucien Freud, Alice Neel, David Hockney, Van Gogh, Cezanne and the marvelous painters of the Renaissance.

I grew up in Providence, R I spending most summers in Yarmouthport on Cape Cod. I first studied art at Washington University in St Louis. Then moving to New York City, I got a BA at New York University, took classes in painting and anatomy at the Art Student’s League, eventually winding up at Brooklyn College where I got an MFA in painting and drawing. There I studied with Sam Gelber, Lee Bontecue and Phillip Pearlstein.

I lived in NYC, mostly Brooklyn, for 35 years. Besides doing art, I taught English as a second language, did sound recording on several documentary films and did a stint as a social worker for the department of social services. My husband, Barney, and I lived and raised our two children, Alexander and Zoe in Park Slope – until 1998 when we moved to Stockbridge, MA, got a dog and settled into the country life.

Education

MFA - 1988 Brooklyn College
Studied painting and drawing with Lee Bontecou, Sam Gelber and Philip Pearlstein
BA - 1966 New York University
Art Student's League, NYC
The New School for Social Research, NYC
Washington University School of Art, St. Louis, MO
 

Exhibitions

Drawn Together: Group show: Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA, 2010
Two Views: Two-person show, Storefront Artist Project, Pittsfield, MA, 2009
People and Places: Two-person show, Welles Gallery, Lenox, MA, 2006
Brushes for Books, group show: Lenox Library, Lenox, MA: 2003, 2004, 2005
Sheeptacular exhibition: Pittsfield, MA: 2004
HVAL juried shows: Sheffield, MA: 2008 through 2005, 2002, 2000, 1999, 1998
President’s Show: Kent Art Association: 2001
Retrospective: Fox-Martin Gallery, Housatonic, MA: 2002
Maplebrook School Art Exhibit: Amenia, NY: 2001
Sharon Land Trust Art Exhibition: Sharon CT: 2000
Berkshire Art Association: juried show, Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA: 1998
All New England Show, Cape Cod Art Association: Barnstable, MA: 2006, 2000, 1988
Berkshire Woman's Art Collaborative: South Egremont, MA: 1993
Master's thesis: Exhibition Gallery, Brooklyn College: 1988
 
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