I am endlessly fascinated by nature, especially trees and animals. The natural beauty of the Finger Lakes region inspires a childlike sense of awe and wonder in me, that takes shape in the colors and characters of my paintings, and the process of finding and wrapping the sticks that speak to me of our magical woods.
After earning an art degree at UC Santa Barbara, I went on a long and winding career journey that included art directing a showdog magazine in LA, documentary filmmaking in Tibet and across Asia, running a small dude ride horseback operation in California, selling $50 steaks at a butcher shop in Texas, and finally here to Ithaca, where I work in HR communications for Cornell University.
I’ve always painted, but it’s only now that I’ve really been able to find my artistic voice. I paint subjects that arise from my imagination. I’m often told they would make great children’s books; but I think of my paintings as for adults, to rediscover the lost dreams of our inner children. They stand individually for the viewer to create their own story and meaning, to invite the child’s spirit buried within to come out and play.
I enjoy playing with different media; acrylics and watercolor, polymer clay, yarn and sticks, found objects, and photography
Studio Location Details:
Juniper Hill B&B is hosting me and my art for the Open Studio weekends. They are located in the heart of the village of Trumansburg. Elm Street is just off Main Street.