Looking back at my very first memories, around the age of four, I was always drawing. I can vividly recall receiving that first watercolor set and sketchbook. I spent hours at the dining room table in our small apartment in Queens, NY, creating a cat, dog, and owl. I can also fondly remember opening (and smelling) my first box of Crayola crayons! Thanks, Mom and Dad. I haven't stopped drawing since!
After attending a special Visual Arts School for several of my high school years, I went on to study graphic design and painting at Maryland Institute College of Art and Design. I happily painted for years until I happened upon a printmaking class at Abington Art Center, taught by Patricia Shaw Lima in 2000 (please spend some time on Pat's beautiful website and enjoy her gorgeous and intriguing work!). I was immediately drawn to collagraphs and although I have experimented with other techniques, I still find this form of printmaking extremely versatile and compelling. This community of talented and active printmakers has taught me so very much about the press, inks, techniques and art but most importantly, life. I am so grateful for their years of tutoring and their indelible friendships. Most of us now print in the beautiful new Printmaking Workshop Studio and Gallery in Jenkintown, PA owned and directed by Patricia Shaw Lima.
Of course, the most significant influence on my work is my extraordinary family. My favorite activities always include my incredibly supportive and loving husband and my two beautiful and talented daughters. They are my heart and soul and, by far, my deepest inspiration and most valuable education. Of course, Rocco, our dog, would be hurt if I excluded him. He does seem to have a gift for insinuating himself into most situations!
2016-17 Silent Conversations 705 West Printshop and Gallery, Jenkintown, PA
2012 Kramer Gallery, Gratz College, Elkins Park, PA
2011 Old City Jewish Art Center, Philadelphia, PA
2011 Staircase Gallery, Or Hadash, Fort Washington, PA
2009 The Pause Between the Notes, Ryan John Art Salon, Philadelphia, PA
2002 First Prints The Frame House, Elkins Park, PA
2014 705 West Printshop and Gallery , Jenkintown, PA
2010 Old City Jewish Art Center, Philadelphia, PA
2009 Montgomery County Guild of Professional Artists, SPP Gallery Conshohocken, PA
2008 Under Pressure: Seven Printmakers, Abington Art Center, Abington, PA
2008 American Color Print Society 65th Members Exhibit, Chestnut Hill Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2007 American Color Print Society 64th Members Exhibit, The Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA
2007 Abington Art Center Annual Juried Show, Abington Art Center, Abington, PA
2006 Abington Art Center Annual Juried Show, Abington Art Center, Abington, PA
2006 American Color Print Society 63rd Members Exhibit, Cheltenham Arts Center, Cheltenham, PA
1988 Group Exhibit, Washington, D.C.
2009 Juror's Choice Award Juror: Carol Wisker, MCGOPA, SPP Gallery
2007 Honorable Mention Juror: Roger Lapelle, American Color Print Society
2007 Best in Show Juror: Bridgette Mayer, Abington Art Center Juried Show
1983 National Foundation for the Advancement in Arts, Presidential Scholars Semi Finalist
1983 Art Director's Club Young Artist Award, Washington D.C.