WORK

Motivated by the relationship between form and function, while remaining committed to the principal of simplicity, I have spent most of my professional life as a ceramic artist designing and creating a line of limited edition dining accessories. My work has been featured in multiple magazines including Tableware Today, Gourmet Magazine, Architectural Digest and Martha Stewart Living. I have been represented at Museum shops throughout the United States including SFMOMA in San Francisco, the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC and the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art. Work has been exhibited in design galleries and specialized boutiques throughout the United States and Canada.  From 2001 to 2008 I was a Consulting Designer for Dansk International.      As an artist who thrives on challenge and diversity, I have created custom tile and installations for residential and commercial application.  The Donor Wall for the New Rochelle Public Library was completed in 2001 and personal murals are in the homes of private clients. 

As life takes you on a journey, change is the challenge. As I left the business of CLAY behind, I have discovered paper. Interestingly enough, for me paper is the new clay. By approaching my work in a similar manner to my tile production, I have found it very exciting to not be able to see the final work until the process of moving, cutting, tinting, printing have been exhausted. Then it begins to emerge and I see what I am working towards. I am now beginning to exhibit work. My most recent exhibition has been IN CONVERSATION, at the Rotunda Gallery in New Rochelle City Hall.

SPACE

Co-founder and developing partner of Media Loft, a mixed-use, live-work Artists in Residence Condominium established to create affordable and secure work space for the artist community.  Media Loft Gallery occupies the ground floor providing opportunities for emerging artists, as well as a variety of events and exhibitions throughout the year.   (Established 1983 and converted to condominium 2002)

Co-Founder Recologie Lifestyle, Inc.  Global Fair Trade Boutique, Vegetarian Café, Gallery and  Events space providing an opportunity for the creative community  to exhibit, perform and conduct educational workshops   2013-2015. 

COMMUNITY

Co-chair: New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce Community Fund for Civic Beautification   2006-2008

Past President and member of the Board of the New Rochelle Council on the Arts (through 2017)   

President of the Board of Directors at Clay Art Center in Port Chester, NY     Present  www.clayartcenter.org

Volunteer Coordinator at ArtsWestchester, White Plains, NY   Present  www.artswestchester.org

 As an arts advocate I firmly believe in the enormous economic, social and spiritual impact of the arts on the community. The presence of the ARTS increases job opportunities, promotes creative clusters, increases property values and can preserve historic buildings. I plan to continue my career as a working artist and to contribute my skills, enthusiasm and dedication to the inclusion and expansion of the arts in the community at large.

EDUCATION

Presently teaching:

Ceramics: Clay Art Center, 40 Beech St. Port Chester, NY SENSATIONAL SLAB Adults How to play with clay!

Mixed-media/Collage: Pelham Art Center, 155 Fifth Ave Pelham, NY CONVERSATION AND COLLAGE! Adults/seniors Down Memory Lane with Paint, Paper and ModPodge!

As a teacher I focus on the learning process. Making art is the product of not only learning, but feeling really connected to the materials. My goal is to find that path to comfort so the student is able to really create unconsciously. Making ART should always be fun first, challenging second and satisfaction with results last. The pleasure of creating is in the act .