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Working in Expressionist style oils and pastels, I look for the unseen in architecture or scenes, that sense of people's experiences, those who built their communities. Examination of human reactions i.e. anxiety, depression, hope are paramount.

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Originally from southcentral Pennsylvania, I spent a lot of time growing up in both Seaside Heights, NJ, and York, PA, depending on my parents' work. I have a BA in Studio Arts/Fine Arts (Art History) University of Pittsburgh, 1986. I have had 4 solo exhibitions and participated in numerous juried and nonjuried group exhibitions since then. In 1999 I received the Judges Citation Award from WITF Gallery 33 on the Air. I took some time off to raise my family and have now restarted my career. Current member of Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League and Redfishbowl Productions Artists Collective.

I am currently open to gallery or representation inquiries and artist calls.

Resume available upon request.

BIOGRAPHY

Education

1986 BA Studio Art/Fine Arts (Art History) Univ. of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA USA

1981-83 Studio Arts major, Chatham College, Pittsburgh, PA

Events

May 2017- Art All Night, Exhibitor & Volunteer, Pittsburgh, PA

Sept. 2016-Pittsburgh ArtCar Festival, Pittsburgh, PA

June 2016-Art event ART Crawl, South Side, Pittsburgh, PA

TECHNIQUE

My technique is fairly straightforward.

For both pastels and oils, I start by sketching the composition in yellow ochre, then blocking in darks with burnt umber and ultramarine blue. After tweaking the composition, the background is first to be developed. The rest is developed in progression. The last step is to use glazes to give luminosity to the painting and tie it all together. 

Some paintings have plain finished edges, while others have the image extended to give a wrap effect. 

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EXPERTISE
AWARDS

1999 Received the Judges Citation Award from WITF Gallery 33 On The Air

PAST EXHIBITIONS

April 2018-Group Exhibition of Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League, Gilberti Fine Art Gallery, Coraopolis, PA

May 2017, April 2019- Art All Night, Exhibitor & Volunteer, Pittsburgh, PA

June 2016 Group Exhibition & Event, South Side Art Crawl, Pittsburgh, PA

July 2015 Group Exhibition, Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League, Monroeville Library, Monroeville,PA

March-April 2015 Group Exhibition, Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League, St. Clair Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA

Oct. -Dec. 2014 Startup business graphics, custom oil painting-Yellow Brick Stables (thoroughbred horse racing) Karns City, PA

2011-Present Member, Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
April 27-May 1992 The Gallery at 96 South, York, PA
July 1-August 29, 1988 Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center, York, PA
June 19-August 1, 1988 Pennsylvania State University, York Campus, York, PA
October 1986 “Internal/External” Wm. Pitt Student Union Art Gallery, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

JURIED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
July-August 1992 “Obsessions” The Arts Discovery Center, York, PA
March 1992 Retrospective Group Exhibition, The Arts Discovery Center, York, PA
August-September 1989 “Drawing ‘89” Doshi Center for Contemporary Art, Harrisburg, PA
July 1987 Group Show, Carson Street Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
June 1986 Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, PA
April 1986, 1985 Student Exhibition, UP Gallery, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
May 1983, 1982 Student Exhibitions, Chatham College, Pittsburgh, PA
August 1979 Island Heights Studio of Art 1st Art Exhibition, Island Heights, NJ

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