I have been drawing and painting since I was a little girl; art chooses you, I don’t feel like you have a say in it. I started very young by copying master paintings out of a book from the National Gallery of Art that my Mother had. After I won my first international art contest at 8 years old, I was officially hooked and knew I’d pursue art the rest of my life. I attended Governor’s School for the Arts during my high school years and some years later, went on to study human anatomy at the Art Student’s League on 57th street. From there I began working as a medical illustrator and continued painting. This background enabled me to develop the skills necessary to go back and forth between realism and non-representational work.
The abstract expressionists and minimalist artists of the 50’s and 60’s are where I draw my inspiration from; Kline, Motherwell, Reinhardt, etc. Interestingly, my work is visually almost the complete opposite of these styles. By packing as much detail and information into each work is a way for me to empty my head, a sort of therapy, and a way to tell that story. I adore traveling and have spent a significant amount of time motorcycling across America. These were some of my favorite years and they definitely impacted my visual vocabulary. For nearly 20 years, I have been fortunate enough to have Chuck Close mentor me. This is where I really learned color theory, process, and a strong work ethic; his guidance has been invaluable.