Artist Statement


My paintings whether composed of still life, landscape, or abstract forms, focus on pattern, color and texture. I am inspired by everything from the impressionistic works of Cezanne, to the gestural abstract paintings of deKooning, to historical quilts made by the women of Gees Bend. Ethnic ceremonial costumes, 19th and 20th century stencils and even my daughters' illustrations continue to inspire me. I grew up in an artistic family, in which my father, a designer and painter, played a significant role in my artistic development. Matisse, Cezanne, Vuillard, Thiebaud and Janet Fish have all been dominant sources of inspiration, and as my work has become more abstract, I have been significantly influenced by Diebenkorn, Rothko and Klee.

I focus primarily on movement, color and the texture of the paint in my practice, Iā€™m always looking for new ways to create form. While my work has become increasingly abstract in recent years, the focus on color and pattern as a central component has remained a constant. The same black and white checks that once lined the edges of dishes in a still life now define abstract shapes, creating vertical compositions of tree-like figures. My pallet is unique to my work and acts as a common thread as the subject matter (or lack there of) evolves. The interaction of color, pattern, texture and form creates a harmonious rhythm, keeping the eye constantly moving throughout the composition. I continue expanding my exploration of color and texture, incorporating tissue paper, collage, woodblock prints, and various forms of mixed media in my work. I hope my work conveys a mood, delights the eye, and captures the whimsical nature of life.

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Education

Hamilton College, Clinton, NY (Graduated 1987 with a major in Fine Arts)

Vermont Studio Center, Artist's residency, Johnson VT (1998)


Gallery Representation

Willard Gallery, Portland, ME

Sandra Morgan Home Art Prive Gallery, Greenwich, CT

Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA

Jenner McGinn Studio, Atlanta, GA


One and two person shows

The Garrett Club, Buffalo, NY 2023

Fete Home, Artist Spotlight, NY, NY 2022

Southport Galleries, Southport, CT 2016

Thousand Island Arts Center, Clayton NY 2016

Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology, Buffalo, NY 2016

Perkins Gallery, Pequot Library, Southport, CT 2014

4 North Main Gallery, Southhampton, NY 2012

Nichols School Gallery, Buffalo, NY 2010

Kenan Art Center, Lockport NY 2008


Group shows

Art Space Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA 2022, 2023

Willard Gallery, Portland ME 2022, 2023

Sandra Morgan Home Gallery, Greenwich, CT 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

Southport Galleries, Southport, CT 2017, 2018, 2019

The Drawing Room Gallery, Cos Cob, CT 2013

Pequot Library Juried Art Show, Southport, CT 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Chautauqua Center for the Visual Arts ā€“ Fowler Kellogg Art Center, Chautauqua, NY 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2022

Hamilton Makes Art 2 ā€“ Art Capital Group, New York, NY 2010

Albright Knox Art Gallery, Collectors Gallery, Buffalo 2009

The Buffalo Historical Society, Buffalo, NY 2006, 2007, 2008

West End Gallery, Corning, NY 2007

Garrett Club, Buffalo, NY 2007

Spring Open Studio Exhibition, Tri-Main Center, Buffalo, NY 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012

The Collective Gallery, Buffalo, NY 2005

The Bryant Street Studio, Buffalo, NY 2003, 2004

Hoorn Ashby Gallery, New York, NY 2002

Emerson Gallery, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY 2002

Art Dialogue Gallery, Buffalo, NY 1999, 2000

Gloria Plevin Gallery, Chautauqua, NY 1997,1998

Indianapolis Museum of Art Alliance Gallery, Indianapolis, IN 1995