About


ARTIST’S STATEMENT

Painting is a way in, a doorway to a way of being reminiscent of a time before we learned any idea of separateness.

It is a doorway to freedom (freedom from ego, self, pride, fear) and to belonging. Agnes Martin said "absolute freedom is possible," and I believe it.

Painting is (if I'm lucky) stepping back and realizing that something remarkable has occurred and having no understanding of how it happened. Whenever I begin to think I know what I'm doing, I'm severely off track.

As a singer doesn't sing to get to the end of a song, so the aim of painting is simply to paint.

"What we cannot speak about, we must pass over in silence." (Wittgenstein)

There is time and space in painting that cannot be talked about. It can only be felt in silence.

The painter embarks on a journey every time she allows herself to step through the doorway. Her marks, if she has the courage and honesty, become a recording of the journey.


BACKGROUND

All my life I've lived, worked and played in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Farms, fields, rolling hills, and the aroma of fresh cut hay are my comfort. I didn't receive much in the way of formal training in art until my 30's, but over the course of a decade, I was fortunate to study painting (with Robert Andriulli) and art history while employed at a nearby university.

Growing up I always wanted to be an artist; however, lately I find painting is something I simply must do. Making art has become more important than being an artist. Today I work full-time and spend as much time as possible painting and drawing. I'm most at home painting outside in the fields, by the stream, with the trees, beneath the clouds.


EDUCATION
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, 1989
Millersville University, 2006 - 2012

ARTICLES AND REVIEWS
Fine Living Lancaster, Issue 34, May 2015
Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era, December 3, 2010

EXHIBITS
2015
The Arch, Lancaster, PA - Featured Artist
Steeple View Lofts, Lancaster PA - Featured Artist
Pop-Up Gallery on the Porch, Block Island, RI
        
2014
The Landscape, Gallery360, Lancaster PA - Juried Group Exhibition
52nd Annual Open Art Award Exhibition, Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA
Déjà Vu Gallery, Block Island, RI - Selected Works
        
2013
Ralph's, Slaymaker Building, Lancaster PA - Solo Exhibitions
Déjà Vu Gallery, Block Island, RI - Selected Works
51st Annual Open Art Award Exhibition, Lancaster Museum of Art,   Lancaster, PA
        
2011
Everyday, The Candy Factory, Lancaster PA - Group Exhibition

2010
The Dogs of Lancaster, Isaac's, Lancaster PA - Solo Exhibition

2009
47th Annual Open Art Award Exhibition, Lancaster Museum of Art,   Lancaster, PA
Art and Music Festival, Marion Court Room, Lancaster PA