My work is mainly 2D and in contemporary colored pencil using ordinary subjects and compositions and to portray them in an extraordinary way. Colored pencils permit me to combine the expressiveness of painting with the control of drawing. I use color, line, value, shape and light to portray emotion, luminescence and rhythms in my work and my intent is that each element is reflected in one another and develops simultaneously, deepening a relationship to one another. My scenes and still life subjects are from my global travels and my life in Rhode Island, sometimes incorporating elements of both.
Recently I have begun to work in a three-dimensional manner, creating handmade books and incorporating colored pencil, printmaking and water media into these pieces of art. I also have been enjoying repurposing and recycling old books into pieces of sculptural artworks.
I have a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, with a concentration in printmaking. I am a signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America in two areas, holding a second signature membership in the exploration of using other mediums and surfaces with colored pencil. I am also an artist member of the Art League of Rhode Island, Providence Art Club, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, NYC and the American Artists’ Professional League, NYC. I am a founding partner of Beach Studios in Middletown, RI, and teach classes and workshops in colored pencil drawing, handmade books and altered book sculpture.
I recently authored a book about drawing in colored pencil titled Colour Pencil Drawing Techniques and Tutorials for the Complete Beginner published by GMC Publications of London. My artwork has been exhibited in exhibitions throughout the US and I have had work published in four books and been written up in three colored pencil magazines.