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. Continuing Education Instructor / Lifelong Learning Program at BCC/ 2007–present Courses taught: Advanced Oil Painting Techniques, Drawing 101, Advanced Color Theory, Design and Composition, and Contemporary Art. Develop and conduct numerous non-credit art courses for the Annual Woman’s Conference; sponsored by the Community Development Committee. Continuing Education Instructor / Lifelong Learning Program / 2007–present Courses taught: Advanced Oil Painting Techniques, Drawing 101, Advanced Color Theory, Design and Composition, and Contemporary Art. Develop and conduct numerous non-credit art courses for the Annual Woman’s Conference; sponsored by the Community Development Committee along with incorporating art into diverse heath and wellness programs.
Founded student-focused, fine art education company that provides in-person and virtual instruction to individuals of all ages, educational backgrounds, and skill levels. Created a portfolio of course offerings, covering many aspects of fine arts. Plan, coordinate, and lead domestic and global art retreats. Provide an atmosphere to facilitate enrichment and enable students to fully explore their creativity and enjoy a completely immersive art and cultural experience. Lead weekly in-person and virtual lectures, seminars, and classes in various fine arts techniques and mediums.
I am presently an art instructor of printmaking exclusively teaching monoprinting at Colorest in Red Bank. I also am an instructor of drawing and painting the human form at the Guild in Shrewsbury. Instructor at Jersey Shore Arts Center in Ocean Grove teaching many diverse art course yearlong, ranging from pleinair courses to urban sketching and pastel impressionism. I also served in many volunteering roles in my community here in Monmouth County New Jersey. I was elected to the Monmouth Arts Board of Trustees, member since 2020; Foundation Art Organization, member; Wage International. In 2000, I founded the Arts Enrichment Children’s Camp at Monmouth County Parks System and it is flourishing to this day. Along with extensive fine art courses in adult fine art education at MCPS as well.