Biography

I have been painting in my studio on Greene Street in SoHo, NY since 1972.  I was born and raised in New York City in a wonderful neighborhood in Queens called Sunnyside.  As a resident of lower Manhattan for over forty years, my husband and I were some of the original loft pioneers in the SoHo historic district and I have been politically active in the community at various times.  Throughout this entire period, I have worked both as an artist and an art educator.  I have a Master of Fine Arts Degree and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from the Yale School of Art and Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Queens College, CUNY. 

As a student and younger artist, I was influenced by the Abstract Expressionists, many of whom were showing in the galleries and museums in New York City.  I studied with several remarkable teachers including Louis Finkelstein, Al Held, Jack Tworkov, John Ferren, and Phoebe Hellman.  During the 1960’s, I became an action painter using oil paint to build up surfaces that created spaces that one might call “push-pull”.  The structures of these early works were tied to themes involving figures, interiors, and landscapes.

In the early 70’s, when I moved to my loft in lower Manhattan, I gave up oil paint for acrylic paint and that decision changed my work forever. Rejecting “performance based” art, I used systems to organize the drips and gestural activity of action painting with horizontal and vertical bands.  I was influenced by other creative endeavors involving Knitting, Crocheting, and Bargello, all of which worked with systems that led to logical conclusions.  

Eventually, the grid became the underlying vehicle for my work. The paintings became systemic, more minimal, reflecting my interest in pattern, color, symmetry, and repetition.  In many pieces, the diamond shape is central.  Using acrylic paint to build up layers, I develop a surface that appears to be carved and sculptural.  This constructivist approach creates a physical presence that is characteristic of my work.

I have painted steadily throughout my life creating a large body of paintings some of which can be seen on this website.  Although showing my work was not always a primary goal, I have exhibited in several group shows and solo exhibitions.  Now, I am at a point in my journey where I want my paintings to be identified, acknowledged and hopefully exhibited in a broader way.  I have always believed that my work is a part of the larger dialogue reflecting the possibilities in painting.