Enthusiasm for art and growing up with supportive parents who encouraged a love and study of drawing, pastel and oil painting with talented instructors was part of my early experience. Later, I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a focus on painting and design, worked in the design field, and created graphics for children's clothing and sleepwear. As a volunteer with the Bergen Museum of Art and Science, N. J. I was involved in hanging and preparing for shows, and being exposed to many different artist's works.
While raising two children with my wonderful husband, I painted, exhibited and sold work regularly at art competitions, fairs, and won several awards along the way.
My acrylic and oil paintings are about revealing emotion…. sometimes abstract, but most times these are realistic works. The abstracts are expressive, but without the constraints of recognizable form, most often geometric shapes. These shapes, lines and colors are distortions of those found in nature, but become suggestive of familiar objects. At times I strive to arrange the elements of these paintings with a more subdued palette, but most times they are bathed in saturated color. When not painting abstractly, my images describe recognizable objects from everyday life. Line, shape, and form have the greater emphasis, while keeping distortions to a minimum, and color true to the object.
As a former faculty member at the Spring Street Art Center and Art Etc.in New Jersey, I presently enjoy the opportunity to show my work and interact with the community.
Professional Affiliations include membership with the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council (SCAHC) of New Jersey and the National Oil Painters and Acrylics Society (NOAPS).
BFA – William Paterson University, Wayne, N. J., Drawing and Painting,Graphic Design.
-Centenary University, Hackettstown, N. J., English Literature
2017 Artsy Shark Online Publication….. ”A Favorite Work of Art”
-2006 Spring Art Show, First Place ,Warren County Arts, Oxford, N. J.
-2005 Purchase Award, Read me a Story, Catherine Dickson Hoffman Branch Public Library Annual Fundraiser; Blairstown, N. J.-2004 Purchase Award, Dancing Shoes, Catherine Dickson Hoffman Branch Public Library Annual Fundraiser; Blairstown, N. J.
-2003 Art Across the River, Second Place, Knowlton, N. J.
-2002 Purchase Award, Hanging the Wash, Catherine Dickson Hofman Branch Public Library Annual Fundraiser; Blairstown, N. J.
-2019 J Caldwell Building, Newton, N. J., Group Show
-2019 Fabulous Fakes; Sussex County Art Society, Lafayette, N. J.
-2017 Juried Group Show, Art Etc., Newton, N. J.
-2016-Instructor’s Art Exhibit and Fundraiser for “Pass It Along”:
Spring Street Art Center, Newton, N. J.
-Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council, Newton, N. J.:
-2016 28th Annual Skylands Juried Art Exhibit
-2015 27th Annual Skylands Juried Art Exhibit
-2015 Artist’s Choice
-2015 Lighter Side
-2014 Small Works
-2000 Seascapes and Landscapes, Juried One Person Show, Paramus Public Library, Paramus, N. J.
-Instructor in Oil and Acrylic Painting, Art Etc, Newton, N. J. (2015-2017)
-Instructor in Oil and Acrylic Painting - Spring Street Art Center, Newton, N. J.(2013-2015))
-Substitute Art Teacher, Teacher Aide; New Jersey Public School System 1995-2008
-National Oil and Acrylic Painter’s Society (NOAPS)
-New Jersey Art Association
-Sussex County Art Society
-Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council, Newton, N. ni
52nd Members Show; Art Association in Roxbury, N. J.
-1989-1992 Bergen County Museum of Art and Science, Paramus, N. J. - Received artworks and installed art; preparation for receptions.
-Created and established installation at St. Peter and Paul Church, Great Meadows, N. J. Oil Painting 18’ x 12’ on altar. Refurbished devotional statues.
ART AND DESIGN
-1980-1987 Studio 77 Designs, Montvale, N. J. Created designs for children's clothing and children’s sleepwear.
-1986-1989 Teddy Designs dedicated to creation of wearable art designs. Sold to retail shops and arts and craft shows.
-1990-1995 Topnotch Art of N. J. membership, monthly group shows
-1974 -1980 Free Lance graphic design; logos, advertising