I am by nature curious and contemplative, and have been so since my crib where I slept with books. My mother was my first art teacher, and my appetite for learning instilled in me a passion to study and enjoy marvelous things, including watercolor, writing, stained glass, collage, and pastels. A recovering attorney, but always a serial creative explorer, I took my first watercolor class in 2009, and I have been painting ever since.
Having no plan has its benefits. So does doing what you love. I had painted a dozen animals before it occurred to me to create an animal alphabet book. From the time of their birth, animals are allowed to live according to their nature, i.e. they are allowed – actually TRAINED – to be themselves. Indeed, whether I am painting, writing, daydreaming, or mixing colors like a mad scientist, I am able to reside in my true self, in all my splendor and imperfection. This is both how and why I create.
I live with my husband Joel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where I opened a studio/ gallery at the Arts Garage. In 2017, my work was featured at the exhibition From the Page, Book Illustrations, at the Atlantic Cape Art Gallery in Mays Landing, NJ and at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences. In 2018, two of my paintings, Peacock No. 2 and Jaguar, were selected for the Drawn from Nature, 12th Annual Juried Art Exhibition at the John James Audubon center in Audubon, Pennsylvania. This summer, I had a solo exhibition at the Noyes Museum Gallery at Claridge, Atlantic City, New Jersey featuring watercolor illustrations from my upcoming animal alphabet book, U is for Urial.