I have been an artist my whole life. I studied art at High School of Art and Design in New York City, then went on to get a BFA in Art and Literature from Queens College located in Queens, NY. I have created a wide variety of work, including paintings, murals, botanical illustration, cartoons, logos, and children’s book art. 


I have a published book that I co-wrote and illustrated, “Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not So Wild Places), Harper Collins. At the time I was living in NYC and leading wild plant foraging walks, as well as teaching classes on using wild plants for food and medicine. I feel that these experiences has increased my respect and empathy for the plant world, and this is reflected in my present work.


For the last 7 years I have worked teaching art at Spinoff Studio, a Center for adults with varying abilities. I love exploring new ideas and creativity with the artist there. I also do workshops in my home and occasionally other settings on print making, wood burning, painting techniques, and fabric art and more.


During this period I have been commissioned to do two large outdoor murals in Brunswick Maine. One was through the Brunswick Public Art Commission and the other through a popular local health food store. I have done a few smaller ones previously in peoples homes.


I also have my own business as an owner of a company called “Wisdom from the Woods”, this is a line of greeting cards from original wood burned art.

 

Much of what is on this site is from my wood burned art period. I have come to love wood burning, as it gives me a closer connection to the tree I am working with. I approach my work in a very right brained way, I start with a wooden board (usually pine), and let the energy of the grain do the talking. It is amazing what can take place when you shut off your head! I design the piece and then I take my wood burner out and start etching into the wood.From there I let images form that energize the story being created and depth of heart I am experiencing from the process. And when the piece is wood burned to various depths I then decide if I will paint it as well.  Some pieces need to be etched and naked, others beg for
paint.