I am a painter who has lived in the Hudson Valley since 1983. I declared myself an artist at a very young age and never looked back. As a young girl, my artistic training began with frequent excursions to New York City art museums. I then attended the State University of New York at New Paltz where I received a BFA in painting. Shortly after, I earned a Masters degree from New York University. During my years of study I was greatly influenced by the earlier works of the Abstract Expressionism, a painting movement that emerged in New York in the 1940s and 1950s. I had an instant attraction to the free, expressive qualities of this movement, and how these artists emphasized spontaneous, personal and emotional expression.
Later in my painting career I began to explore mixed media techniques, including collage. Although I began to integrate these in my compositions, color was always a mainstay for me. Bright, strong color remained significant to my personal style, and helped to define my expressive painterly qualities. Many reviews of my work have focused on my vibrant colors and rich textures. In 2014, Linda Marston-Reid from the Poughkeepsie Journal described my work as “bold and sumptuous paintings [that] are filled with broad divisions of color enhanced with collaged lace and fabrics”.*
I have exhibited extensively in the Hudson Valley and surrounding area. My work has been shown at Gallery66, Cold Spring, NY; Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY; The Gallery@ Eastern Hay, Pawling, NY; Gallery Arts Guild, Lakeville, Ct; Kent Caboose Gallery, Kent, Ct; bau, Beacon Artist Union, Beacon, N.Y, (member from 2005 to 2007); Edge Gallery, Denver, Colorado; The Art Gallery at Eisenhower Hall at The United States Military Academy at West Point; Pace University Satellite Campus at Stewart Airport; Orange County Community College; The Orange County Art Federation; The Orange County Arts Council; and the New Paltz College Gallery; Vassar College Gallery, and the Woodstock Art Gallery, with the Woman’s Studio Workshop; the New York Brooklyn Museum Art School; among others. I have a number of pieces in private collections and at Eisenhower Hall, The United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y, State University of New York at New Paltz and Sobrevivir/A Will to Live, 24 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10011.
*Art from Here: Artists open studios at ArtEast tour, Linda Marston-Reid, Poughkeepsie Journal, September 25, 2014