In my work, I look for the possibility to recycle and renovate cast off materials that are considered trash, and resurrect them into esthetic works of art.
My use of rust, used tea bag fiber and cast off materials are examples of my “resurrection work”. These materials each possess a history, present in the stains and wear on their surfaces. I respond to the marks that are intrinsic to each item. Any color or pattern that is added must interact with what is already present. In the tea fiber pieces, the individual units joined together become a type of calendar. These works speak of memory, time, and journey. They become the maps of finding my way.
I graduated with a BS degree in Education from Boston University and a BFA in Printmaking from The Cleveland Institute of Art. I combine teaching with my work in print by offering classes and giving lectures as a visiting artist. I was formerly the curator and gallery manager at the Valley Art Center in Chagrin Falls and I have continued to organize exhibits and jury exhibitions in the Cleveland area.
I have been a resident artist at Zygote Press in Cleveland’s Art Quarter since 2006. My prints often incorporate unconventional materials such as used tea fiber and rust. I have exhibited my work at the Heights Gallery, Trinity Cathedral, The Beck Center, Zygote Press, Notre Dame College, Baldwin Wallace College, Bay Arts and Cleveland's Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). My print work is in the permanent collections of University and Metrohealth Hospitals.