ABOUT - Born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey during a snow storm in April.
Science and Art do mix. In the 70's, I worked and studied on the Great Barrier Reef as a post grad student and taxonomist. In those days we drew our own studies with the old rapidograph pens and endless journals. I experienced working with scientists, such as shark researchers,Ron and Val Taylor as well as Emperor Hirohito who studied hermit crabs during WWII. I used his books as references. I must say there was climate change back in those days, where reference to bleaching of coral, Crown of Thorne as well as rising sea levels were part of the conversation.
My journey 2014 - to July 2019 - living on a cattle property in regional NSW Australia, I left teaching science/biology/chemistry to explore the world of art.
I use the stories and behaviours of animals and the landscape they are in to reflect on my journeys through my artwork.
To get away from drought, dead cattle and dust storms, I moved to Kangaroo Island. A bit of a leap in faith. No matter where one lives now, there is some environmental drama. The bushfires ravaged most of the island, now COVID. My art practice takes new twists and turns and there is certainly enough inspiration.
Patterns in Nature - Birds, reptiles, insects, mammals all have the most remarkable patterns to attract prey, reproduce and camouflage themselves. I use these beautiful patterns against a landscaped background to create conflict.
Finalist - ArtLovers Australia
Commendation - Drawing Henry Lawson Art Festival
Commendation - Contemporary - Henry Lawson Art Festival
RANSW Country Arts Support Program (CASP) 2019 Sketchbook Library
ARtEdit - Autumn Edition
ArtLoversAustralia - book
May - Grey Box Calling - Lachlan Shire Landcare Exhibition
June - River Arts Festival - Forbes, NSW
Finalist - ArtLoversAustralia - with Ground orchids
Grand Champion - Forbes Ag Show, NSW
Reserve Champion - Condobolin Ag Show, NSW
1st Place - Drawing - Drawing - Blue Lake Art Show Lake Cargelligo, NSW
Highly Commended - Drawing - Henry Lawson, Grenfell, Drawing
Faces and Places of Forbes, a cross section of the community. Platypus Gallery, Forbes, NSW