As a contemporary mixed media artist, I draw inspiration from a diverse palette of materials, techniques, and ways of working. Themes include environmental, social and political issues. The work may be drawn, painted, printed, woven, pieced, sculpted, etc.
My mixed media relief constructions juxtapose natural and recycled elements with industrial materials to create layers of contrast, texture, detail and intrigue within a strong graphic framework.
In my fiber art, both experimental and traditional techniques are used in my art for the wall, art to wear and sculpture.
My work has been exhibited in galleries, museums and museum gift shops throughout the metropolitan area.
About a decade ago I returned to lifelong practices of dance and music making to complement my visual work, which tends to be executed while sitting tightly for hours. The rich fusion of art, dance and music ignited my true spirit and I started teaching dance/movement and Zumba Fitness classes, which I continue to do presently. This foray has come full circle with my latest project –a sitting stretch class, which I designed specifically for artists/craftsmen, like myself.
Teaching is sacred to me– and imparting what I know, love and practice has been very fulfilling. I’ve taught art and fine craft classes to children, young adults, adults, special needs and art educators at the Art League of Long Island since 2004. Other experience includes a Visiting Professorship at Pratt Institute and instructing art and fine craft classes at corporate, educational and rehabilitation facilities and public libraries.
I am interested in cultivating the “seeing” and ‘discovery’ aspects of the creative process, providing concrete skills, context and true finesse! In this product-driven world, I encourage my students to value the process–the place where we are in the throes of creation and learning– as well as the prized outcome.
When I teach a needle weaving or tapestry workshop, creative exploration as well as technique is emphasized. All the principles of art are involved in this ancient form of expression with the added twist of beautiful yarn! I hope to excite students with this easy, versatile and portable form of weaving as I inspire with woven artifacts from all over the world and surprise them with their own creative ability.