I have been making art as long as I can remember. As a kid, I would spend hours covering our dining room table with paint, glue and glitter making cards for every holiday of the year. After studying art in college, I started a cottage company called Picket Pottery. It was a thriving wholesale pottery company selling to hundreds of stores around the country. Keenly aware of family traditions, my hand-thrown, functional pottery brought people together around a table or in the kitchen. The physical nature of the work took a toll on my back and so I rediscovered my love of painting.
My parents instilled a love for the outdoors with time spent camping in the Adirondacks. Our family of six all nestled in our Leisure Time pop-up camper (that's me in the way back), would come together over a scrabble game or around the sparking fire every night. My dad, a scientist, kept a meticulous diary of our trips writing about every animal we would spot or the Adirondack sunshine (a.k.a. rain). My mom made us laugh with her keen observations and wit. She had a heart of gold she found joy in the smallest of God’s creatures- like a chipmunk or a chirping cardinal. Although she wasn't an artist, she nurtured this appreciation. These precious memories are at the heart of my artwork, whether it is the hissing of the Coleman lantern or the way a pine tree reaches to the sun. I paint those quiet, contemplative moments revealing beauty in the small, overlooked or neglected.
Currently, I teach art at my alma mater high school in Saratoga County, New York. I spend summers painting from my log cabin in the Adirondacks. My work is available at AMP Galleries in Saratoga and at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, or online. Feel free to contact me for any work on my site or for commissioned pieces.