My paintings have always been inspired by a spark -something that wows me or quietly invites me to linger… a fairly straightforward process, until I was chosen to be a collaborating artist for the MDI Bio labs 'Art Meets Science' show. The complexity of responding to science without making an illustrated educational poster or duplicating the incredible magnified images I saw, led me to explore layering and infusing glass. I was smitten with the colors and possibilities. There's a wow in the heft of my large glass bowls.
The complexity of where art and science meet multiplied when I met Dr. Kiefe. Her background of abstract mathematics, her computer as a lab, and the lack of glorious images sent me to my father -the mathematician -and onto another medium, encaustic, painting with pigments suspended in beeswax and damar resin, fused together with a heat gun.
My crossover of media with the layers of information became less technical and somewhat personal in getting to know the scientists and mathematicians' paths that led them to this point where we converge, collaborate and I create.
The reality of a possibility opened April 12, 2015
Born in NYC, I grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts. with a passion for creating art. Worcester Alternative High School course catalog was called a list of possibilities, the message was - anything is possible, so I believed it . I was able to take classes at all 4 public high schools , develop my own independent studys as well as classes at Clark and Worcester Art Museum.
Lizarts, in Faneuil Hall boomed for 8 years, until the birth of my second of three children . My “serious “art career was on a temporary but extended hold. Over the top art /science projects with children with one of the largest 4H clubs in Maine and teaching an art saturated curriculum to home-schoolers evolved to Heartwood College of Art's MFA program and bringing together community in the form of an art center.
I could not be doing this without the continued support from family and friends.
My colleges include Antioch College , School of Worcester Art Museum, Worcester Craft Center, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Harvard, culminating in a BFA from the Swain School of Design in New Bedford.
I have been been fortunate enough to have studied with Phil Frey, Kat Buchanan, Carol Marine, Michael Chesley Johnson, Connie Hayes, Henry Issacs, Ashley Bryan , Colin Page and look forward to returning to study JSS Civita Castilana, Italy. I was selected as a collaborating Artist at MDI Biological Lab through Art in Public Spaces where my project resulted in 40 infused glass pieces and more artsci collaborations in the works.
My painting studio shared with Katie Churchill and Deborah Page hosts figure drawing twice weekly and is open by appointment.
MDI Hospital Solo Show
Jessup Memorial Library
Camden National Bank 10 x10
August 2016 Northeast Harbor Library
September 2015 Souter Library Library, UMass Medical , Worcester, Mass
July 1, -Sept 30, 2015 MDI Biological Lab " Is It Art or is it Science?"
May 29-July 9, 2015 MDI Hospital Cafeteria
Art in Public Spaces ,NEH library Group Show 2014
Boyd Place , Bangor Summer Show 2014
MDI Biological Lab "Art meets Science" 2014 Collaborating Artist
Shaw Jewelary Open 2014
ArtWaves at Northeast Harbor Library "Apples, Stones and The Bar" 2014
Bangor Library Solo show "Reflections at the Edge" 2013
MDI Hospital Cafeteria Solo Show 2013
Reel Pizza Gallery Solo Show "Shoreline and Studio Lines" 2013
Bangor Art Society , Best in Show 2013
Paint Bangor Day 2012 First Place
Experimenting with frames for paintings after their protective coat of Gamvar .