In 1981 I was introduced to the world of color and design through fiber art, which quickly became a passion for me. I eventually moved into painting for the unlimited expression it provides, but stayed close to my fiber roots by choosing silk as my canvas. It is an unforgiving canvas in many regards. Mistakes cannot be erased or painted over, but for me the rich iridescence of the finished painting is worth the challenge.
As a self -taught colorist, I have never been bound by the rules and ideas of color theory. While working, I intuitively mix and use colors that please my soul. Additionally, images I draw are not constrained by realism… instead my minds eye creates an illustrative abstraction of the remembered scene that served as my inspiration.
I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Penn State University and starting a family, I settled in the State College area, and began working with a local craft co-op. My passion quickly emerged as I began designing quilts and table linens to market throughout the United States. In 1987 I moved on to form my own business and have been a full time artist ever since. I feel very fortunate to have won numerous awards while participating in some of the finest art festivals in the country. I am especially grateful to all those who collect my work and enjoy it on a daily basis. You allow me to continue my deep passion with color and design.