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Artist Statement & Biography



My works all began as truly abstract, non-representational paintings. Initially concerned with color, gesture, composition and lines my process is mostly intuitive, unplanned and free flowing. I begin by using marks, drips, and brush strokes, adding, subtracting, doing and undoing, layering, covering and uncovering until eventually a dialogue develops with the work. Each piece becomes a journey with it’s own life and language.

I am intrigued by the psychological phenomenon called Pareidolia. This is a word for the human tendency to visually make sense of patterns and random information. We see images in clouds, rock formations, floors, ceilings, wood grain and a myriad of other places. Leonardo da Vinci wrote about this in his notebooks: "If you look at walls that are stained or made of different kinds of stones you can think you see in them certain picturesque views of mountains, rivers, rocks, trees, plains, broad valleys, and hills of different shapes. You can also find in them battles and rapidly moving figures, strange faces and costumes, as well as an infinite number of things."


When I paint I start to see images, some of which I make clear to the viewer, and others I let linger mysteriously. This group of paintings falls into the first category. These images were so clear to me that there was no denying them. They are characters that fought their way out from under the drips, marks and brushstrokes as if they were locked in the canvas. Are they coming from my imagination or are they a part of a dialogue that is taking place between my conscious and unconscious minds… a bridge between two realms? Not sure I will ever know the answer to that but for now I am happy to call them my imaginary friends. 


artist resume



Bard College 

BFA San Francisco Art Institute


WATER WORKS: 2015, Swifty’s Restaurant, NYC. Curated by Elizabeth Katz and Patricia Attoe

IN OTHER WORLDS: 2015, Equinox Village, Southern Vermont Art Center

PAREIDOLIA: 2014, Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester Vermont

SOLOS 2013 – Westport Art Center (Juror Susan Cross, MASS MoCA)

9SOLOS – Carriage Barn Arts Center, 2013

Jurors Robbin Zella, Director, Housatonic Museum of Art and Lydia Viscardi, Director, Carriage Barn


  • SPECTRUM 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan, CT
  • Honorable Mention. Juror Gabriel de Guzman, Curator of Visual Arts at Wave Hill
  • Draw Here 1, 2 & 3 Deconstructed/Reconstructed Coloring Book – Honorable Mention Mixed Media
  • Juror Anne von Stuelnagel, exhibitions director, Bruce Museum
  • SPEECHLESS, Bruce S. Kershner Gallery, Fairfield Library
  • Juror, Fred Giampietro, Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT
  • Two Heads are Better Than One – Mary Elizabeth Peterson & Elizabeth Nagle, UCONN Stamford Art Gallery
  • CONN ARTISTS, ArtWalk 2013, Paterson Great Falls Mill District, Paterson, NJ, Curator Aleksandr Razin
  • ALTERNATIVE VISIONS: Abstract art, Rowayton Art Center – Winner 1st acrylic, Juror Joan Wheeler
  • LOCAL COLOR, DEFINING BOUNDARIES, Flinn Gallery, Greenwich Library – Winner of the Letty Militani Award (Juror Diana Kamin, Associate Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC)
  • THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL – Confident Expressions, 2012
  • General Electric’s 6th Annual Women’s History Month Exhibit, GE Corporate Headquarters, Fairfield. CT 

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