I grew up in small-town, coastal Connecticut and came to Washington, DC, to study at Georgetown. Restless and anxious to escape the confines of a somewhat insular campus, I would often leave the hilltop and walk into what was for me a new urban world.
A favorite outing was to the legendary Phillips Collection (or Phillips Gallery as it was called then) where, in the quiet oak-paneled Victorian rooms of a brownstone, I first saw paintings by Vincent Van Gogh, the French Impressionists such as Claude Monet and Auguste Renoir, and the American modernists Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley and Morris Graves; and I was introduced to Abstract Expressionist Mark Rothko’s works. It would be awhile before I could even begin to understand Rothko’s vision of the sacred in color and color’s enigmatic correspondence to the interior world of the artist.
At around the same time, I was developing a strong interest in photography’s literal interpretation of the external, visible world. I bought, for a few dollars, a used 35mm camera. I took a leave of absence from college (the first of several), learned photography and 16mm filmmaking, tinkered in the craft of restoring antique furniture, and attended modern dance classes.
Still restless and seeking (or, was I fleeing from reality?), I eventually moved to San Francisco and got a job building exhibits in an Asian museum. I set up a darkroom in my very affordable (in those days) Haight-Ashbury apartment, took pictures in my spare time (random city shots, female and male nudes, portraits of friends, landscapes and more), and attended lectures at the Art Institute where I met some of the masters such as Imogen Cunningham and Aaron Siskind. Returning to Washington, I began writing about art and photography for venues such as the Washington Review of the Arts, The Washington Star, NPR and the New Art Examiner.
In the 80s and 90s, I took a kind of sabbatical from the art world (I chickened out, no money) and built a career in health care communications. And I began a family. When my children were small, I was taken with the playfulness and simple beauty of the art they made in school: the squiggly expressionist lines and bold clashing colors. Soon the refrigerator, doors and walls were covered with their crayoned drawings, finger paintings and collages. When they got stuck on an art project, I gladly pitched in to help. As much as the giants of art history at places such as the Phillips opened my eyes to visual pleasures, so, too, did the innocent works of my two children. As my children got older, I began taking art classes. I had never stopped taking pictures, and now I was also picking up a brush.
I live and have a studio in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Art and educational credentials
Smithsonian American Art Museum, student internship, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, museum preparator, San Francisco, CA
De Young Museum Art School, Advanced Photography, San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Art Institute, Art Lecture series, San Francisco, CA
Georgetown University, Philosophy studies
American University, American Studies, B.A., art and literature emphasis
Maryland College of Art and Design, courses in drawing, painting, pastel, collage, Silver Spring, MD
Pyramid Atlantic, silkscreen and print-making workshops, Silver Spring, MD
Exhibited & select collected work
The Space Between, exhibit of 4x5 ft. paintings/collages, Takoma Park (MD) Community Center 2017
Hillyer Art Space, Zeitgeist IV: Preconceptual, Washington, DC 2017
One House Project, contributing panel, Washington, DC 2017
DC Arts Center, Wall Mountables 2016, Washington, DC 2016 (purchase)
Washington Art Works, Knights of Columbus benefit, Rockville, MD 2015
DC Arts Center, Wall Mountables 2015, Washington, DC 2015
Busboys and Poets, exhibit of three large text/collage works, Washington, DC 2015
Studio 21 Gallery, solo show, "Italia Remembered & Other Works," Washington, DC 2014 (purchases)
Collection of Lisa Rosenstein, purchase of collage, "We Hippies Want a Goddess" 2014
Dance Place Gallery, solo show, "Southern Italy Light & Palette," Washington, DC 2012 (purchases)
DC Arts Center, Wall Mountables 2012, Washington, DC 2012
LottoHEART exhibit, a benefit for HIV/AIDS patients, Rehoboth, Delaware 2010 (purchase of collage/painting)
“Only what you can carry with you,” works selected by Thomas Drymon, Studio Gallery, Washington, DC 2010
Friend Request: MCA Invitational, group show, Washington, DC 2009
Collection of Hector Torres, Art for Life founder, benefit for Whitman-Walker; purchase of assemblage (found wood and metal, acrylic), Washington, DC 2006
Maryland College of Art and Design, juried group exhibition, Silver Spring, MD 2004
Kirsten’s Café, exhibit of 9/11 triptych (acrylic on three panels) 2001-02
Published arts writing and commentary
National Public Radio
Washington Review of the Arts
New Art Examiner
The Gay & Lesbian Review
Museum & Arts Washington Magazine
The Washington Post
The Washington Star
The Washington Times