My inspiration to paint originates from images that I see throughout my life. When I can connect emotionally with an image, it obtains a life of its own. Regardless of whether the image originated from my mind, a photo taken long ago, or a dream, choosing this image is a philosophical decision.
The light source is key. Yes the colors, composition, and subject matter play an important role in the continuity of my style, but it’s the dramatic light source that plays the most important role-almost “stage like” in the way it lays the foundation for my work. This light engages a feeling that will always evoke turmoil or a sense of calm somewhere within my work.
My goal is not to duplicate nature because, as Picasso noted, that can be done with a camera. Instead, my goal is to alter nature to enhance my work. I feel now at this stage in my life, I just paint because I need to do so. It is a great feeling. I hope you enjoy my work.
I earned M.F.A. with a concentration in Painting from the Dominican University in Florence, Italy. This prestigious program gave me the opportunity to study under renown international instructors in the culturally rich city of Florence-the heart of the Renaissance and art capital of Italy.
I taught at Boardman Studios an undergraduate Fine Arts Academy in Florence, and exhibited work at Villa Schifanoia and Peroni’s Bottega in Italy. I lived and worked in Europe for five years during and after my graduate studies. I also have an extensive background in the Montessori Method of education. I teach by observing each student’s characteristics, tendencies, and abilities, so I can personally develop each student’s unique knowledge and experience.
Since 2004, I have been a professor of Drawing I and II and Art Appreciation at Monmouth University. As an Adjunct Professor at Brookdale Community College, I have taught Drawing I, 3D Design, 2D Design, Life Drawing, Color Theory and Art History.
I also served as the Curriculum Coordinator for Montessori Academy of New Jersey 1989-2016. In 2000, I founded the Arts Enrichment Children’s Camp at Monmouth County Parks System and it is flourishing to this day. I also have an extensive following of professional adult students in courses including Renaissance Drawing and Painting, Advanced Oil Painting Techniques, Pastel Impressionism, and Studio Time with Gina.