about the artist

I produce contemporary mixed-media paintings, working in an expressive, abstract manner.  My pieces are distinctive in their use of layering, bold colors and appealing forms.  The first layer I put down is never intended to be the last.

Each piece takes me on a personal journey of discovery.  I start with a general concept but work directly with the piece to facilitate the release of its own truth.  I enjoy the process of drawing and painting, making marks, putting down new layers over old, leaving pieces of the original layers showing through.  The multiple approaches on this path are visible in the final piece, giving it a depth and complexity it would not otherwise have.  Much like in our own lives we are the accumulation of the steps we take both right and wrong, it is the journey and the process which creates meaning.

I have exhibited in galleries in the Washington, DC area.  My work is in private and public collections.  I have a studio at the Gateway Arts Center at Brentwood.  I was awarded a grant from the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County two years in a row.

   
   
   
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shows  
 
2016 Kramer Gallery, Silver Spring, MD, "Abstraction: From the Sky Down"
   
2105 Artomatic, Hyattsville, MD
  Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Festival, Philadelphia, PA
  Bethesda Fine Arts Festival, Bethesda, MD
   
2014 BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD, “It’s Abstract”
  39th Street Gallery, Brentwood, MD, Gateway Artists show
  Bethesda Fine Arts Festival, Bethesda, MD
  Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Festival, Philadelphia, PA
   
2013 Space 7:10, Silver Spring, MD, solo show
  ArtMatters Gallery, Mt. Ranier, MD, “We the Artists”
  Bethesda Fine Arts Festival, Bethesda, MD
  Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, Reston, VA
  Cain Park Arts Festival, Cleveland, OH
  McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA, MPAartfest
  Bethesda Row Fine Arts Festival, Bethesda, MD
   
2012 Glenview Mansion Art Gallery, Rockville, MD, solo show
  Bethesda Fine Arts Festival, Bethesda, MD
  McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA, MPAartfest
  Bethesda Row Fine Arts Festival, Bethesda, MD
  Artomatic, Crystal City, VA
   
2011 art matters gallery, Mt. Rainier, MD, "Still Lives:  Accumulation of Meaning", solo show
  Gallery 555, Washington, DC, "Tis the Season"
  Studio Gallery, Washington, DC, "Uncommon Boundaries Too"
  McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA, MPAartfest
   
2010 DC Arts Center, Washington, DC, “1460 Wall Mountables”
  Brentwood Art Exchange, Brentwood, MD, “Artists of the Gateway Arts District”
  39th Street Gallery, Brentwood, MD, “Artists of the Gateway Arts Center”
   
2009 Artomatic, Washington, DC
  artdc gallery, Hyattsville, MD, “12x12”
  The Gallery @ CNMC, Washington, DC, “Expect the Unexpected”
  The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA, Student/Faculty Show
  Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance Charity Auction, Washington, DC
   
2008 Space 7:10, Silver Spring, MD, solo show  
  Artomatic, Washington, DC
  The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA, Student/Faculty Show
  DC Arts Center, Washington, DC, “1460 Wall Mountables”
   
2007 Metamorphosis Art Show, Arlington, VA  
  Heliport Gallery, Silver Spring, MD, “20901, 20902, 20903, 20904, 20906, 20910”
  Artomatic, Crystal City, VA
  Art & Soul, Bethesda, MD, juried charity auction
  The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA, Student/Faculty Show
   
2006 Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC, 8th Annual All-Media Juried Exhibition  
  Bethesda Artist Market, Bethesda, MD
   
2004 Artomatic, Washington, DC  
   
2003 The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA, solo show  
  The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA, All-Media Membership Show  
   
2002 Results Gallery, Washington, DC, solo show  
   
2001 Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC, Small Works Show  
  JoAnne Rose Gallery, Reston, VA, 8th Annual Juried Exhibition of Fine Art
  Community Art Exhibit, Silver Spring, MD
  The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA, All-Media Membership Show
  The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA, Student/Faculty Show
   
2000 Artomatic, Washington, DC  
  The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA, All-Media Membership Show
  JoAnne Rose Gallery, Reston, VA, “Driven to Abstraction”
  The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA, American Landscape Show
  DC Arts Center, Washington, DC, “1460 Wall Mountables”
  The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA, Student/Faculty Show
   
   
awards  
   
2011  Recipient of a FY12 Grant to Individual Artists from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC)  
   
2010 Recipient of a FY11 Grant to Individual Artists from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC)  
   
   
education  
   
1999-present Classes/workshops at the Art League School, Alexandria, VA  
2001-2004 Classes at Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD  
1999 Color theory class w/ Betty Edwards, New York, NY  
1998 Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, Tokyo, Japan  
   
1994 Brown University, Providence, RI, Bachelor of Science