As an art teacher now retired, I have resumed my painting career with much excitement. I retired seven years ago after teaching art at Montgomery Township Schools for twenty years, assorted other public and private schools for a career spanning thirty-five years. Steering me back to the artist within, I am grateful for a fellowship with the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation as artist-educator with a grant to develop my artistic endeavors in particular and the artisticendeavors of my students (and the entire school, in general) in 1998. The grant also enabled me to participate in numerous travel excursions and mini-grants and to discover art resources and instructors in this area since I grew up in Pittsburgh, spent time in California and Lancaster (PA), and eventually settled in the Lambertville area in 1996.
Exhibiting now, I have been in numerous juried shows such as Phillips' Mill, Ellarslie, D&R Greenway, New Hope Arts, West Windsor Arts and Artsbridge. I have had the honor of receiving several art awards at juried exhibitions. Since retiring, I have had two solo exhibits, one at the Present Day Club, Princeton and the other at the Bank of Princeton, Lambertville. A two-month duo show in Lambertville began early spring of 2020 but was taken down abruptly due to COVID. A duo exhibition is slated for the month of October, 2022 at the A-Space at New Hope Arts in New Hope, PA.
My undergraduate degree is in art education from Pennsylvania State University, and a master's degree is in dance from Temple. Artists Gerd Koch & Carlisle Cooper, California; Micheal Madigan & Charles Vierra, New Jersey; and Tim Hawkesworth & Lala Zeitland,Pennsylvania are my most influential teachers. A community of artists, Artists at the Station spearheaded by Lucia Stout Huebner, has been invaluable to help spur me on as I continue to carve my way as an exhibiting artist.
Feeding into my artwork is a master’s degree in dance and fifteen years of college dance instruction—including choreographing numerous dance performances, six of which were at Franklin and Marshall College where I was Artist-in-Residence for Dance.