Over the course of my career making art, certain stylized symbols drawn from natural history and the urban environment continually resurface in my work, as well as the desire to confront issues surrounding society or the environment. Often, my work touches on a number of these concerns concurrently, creating subtle dialogues. Being originally from a large Northeastern city, I marveled how plants and creatures managed to survive among the bricks and bedlam of the urban environment. After training as a Master Naturalist and Gardener and moving to the Southeastern United States my experiences and observations have informed my work in dramatically new ways. The personal nature of artist books, their size, and the scope of media employed to create them make it the perfect medium for me to navigate topics on which I reflect. The tactile and personal nature of mark-making through drawing, painting, and printmaking enables me to convey my subjects as I see them rather than as they really are.
During my career as an artist I have had my work featured in a museum exhibition, as well as additional solo and invitational exhibitions, and have been awarded several teaching residencies. My work is included in museum, library, corporate and individual collections and has appeared in publications. In addition to my involvement in the arts, I have an avocation in the world of natural history, which is often featured in my work. I have completed Master Naturalist and Master Gardener training and have been employed as a gardener in both agricultural and horticultural settings, and currently tend to an herbarium collection. My academic degrees focused on fine arts and arts management. If you would like to see the details of the things I have mentioned above, you can click here to view a PDF of my resume.
“Her work is a fusion of opposites: virtual folk subjects on the one hand and high art strategies on the other.” - Victoria Donohoe, Philadelphia Inquirer