I grew up in Central Massachusetts and was born into a family of engineers, botanists, and chemists who also explored their creative talents. I was especially inspired by my father, an engineer and painter. In college, I studied marine studies, but found myself divided between following my scientific and artistic interests.
For many years, I had simultaneous careers as an environmental scientist, silversmith and jewelry designer. Currently, I am teaching children and adult classes through Wellesley College Botanic Gardens Program and am a member of the Wellesley Society of Artists. Though primarily self-taught, I have completed studio classes at several art colleges in the Boston area. My paintings have been exhibited in many shows and my works are held in numerous private collections around the United States, Canada, Australia and Austria.
My adventurous spirit and love for travel around the globe provide inspiration for my paintings. A hallmark of my work is my fascination with color. Some of my paintings are carefully conceived, while others are more spontaneous, but the common thread to all of my work is a bold exploration of various color schemes and the ability to push color past traditional limits.
I primarily work with acrylic paints and mediums. I love the versatility of this medium and enjoy creating mixed media pieces where I can explore not only color but texture, layering, and building up a surface. I am continuously looking for a challenge, trying new materials and techniques. I emerge myself into the process and just go for it to see where it leads me. For me, it is much more about the process than concentrating too heavily on the final outcome.