I taught art in public school on the Middle and High School levels on Long Island for 32 years. It was a great source of pride for me and I loved it. During that time I continued to do my work, showed it, and received an MA in Art and Art Education from Columbia University and a MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute. I have been committed to art and art education all my life.Since retirement I have been able to devote my full energies to my own practice. I have done very satisfying and meaningful work and received awards and residencies.
I have always been interested in fine variations color and line and pattern, symmetrical design, and grids are the organizing principles in my painting, drawing and collage. I find great joy in the complexity found in textiles, which exemplify these elements.
This body of work creates a complex visual experience. Sewing notions and stitched vintage fabrics are layered with paper and transparent acrylic glazes. The safety pins, seams, embellishments and vintage fabric also have particularly feminine meaning. These older materials have an innate beauty and they carry a historical echo of their makers.
The fabric, lace, string, pins and layers of paint are my metaphors for interior life. Our inner life is constructed year by year with levels of experience and feeling that become and defend our center. The intricacy often remains hidden, discovered only upon careful observation.
I feel that in this later work I have found a way to align a contemporary aesthetic with a deep personal expression of my history and self.