b a c k g r o u n d
As a child, my earliest dream was to be an artist. With encouragement from my mother, I began formal art classes at age 11, studying under Pittsburgh's legendary art teacher, Joseph Fitzpatrick, whose list of famous students include Andy Warhol. Four years later, I was awarded a scholarship to Carnegie-Mellon University’s fine arts program for high school students.
Over the years, I’ve taken many classes and workshops, and sometimes attend an open studio where I draw the figure from a live model. I consider myself a lifetime student of art!
After being diagnosed with a chronic illness in the 1990’s and being forced to leave my job, it was my passion for drawing and painting the human figure that gave me hope and a new life. Today, my husband and I are both artists and have studios in our home in Roswell, Georgia.
a r t i s t s t a t e m e n t
Fashion and design inspire me. When I was a child, I used to love to watch my mother, a fashion illustrator, draw beautiful women in elegant dresses. Today, the figure and dress have become my creative voice, my way of expressing emotions using the language of color, line and composition. Figure drawing feels like home to me, connecting me with my history, my first desires to create art. My sketchbooks are scattered everywhere in my home and studio. I like to unwind by drawing every evening for at least a half an hour.
I paint with modeling paste, gel mediums, acrylics and oil paint using spatulas, brushes and palette knives. My works on paper are evidence of my love of line drawing, pen and ink
In the end my figure paintings are more about emotion than anything else. I search for the girl that lives within me, searching for ways to paint her feelings and emotions. I always come back to her. That is why I paint.