I am an artist and art teacher who loves working with people of all ages to inspire creativity and expressive engagement with materials. I live and work in Mid-coast Maine where I am continually inspired by my surroundings. I work in primarily in mixed media collage but I also love to paint, draw, make prints, and experiment with media, both 2-D and 3-D.
I have been involved in art education for many years, working in public schools, museums, and educational programs at all levels, from early childhood through adult. I am inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education and also my colleagues in the choice-based art education community. My elementary art classroom at Williams-Cone School in Topsham, Maine is a hive of creative activity where children have permission to work and grow as artists. I joined the teaching staff at Williams-Cone in the fall of 2016 on a part-time basis after working in the Augusta Public Schools for eleven eyars.
I am a member of the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell and Circling the Square Fine Art Press in Gardiner where I exhibit my work on a regular basis. My formal studies took me first to Boston (BFA 1979, Boston University) and later to New York where I earned an MFA in Painting at Parsons School of Design in 1984. I am the oldest of five children. I was born in Newark, New Jersey and raised in West Orange where I graduated from high school with honors including a special inter-disciplinary award that was invented just for me. I have always loved to create and I enjoy lighting the spark of creativity in others.
I am happy to offer short or longer term workshops for children and/or adults based on the specific interests and needs of the audience. I like to personalize each workshop by learning about the specific context and how I can support members of your community in reaching your goals.