The building blocks of my art have always been memory, imagination and color. This body adds decoration to the mix. With a working title of “City Gardening”, the art is a celebration of nature in full summer glory. However, instead of tranquil, naturalistic scenes, the work reflects the frenzy and chaos of life in New York City. It is this dichotomy that is realized here. It speaks of the soft; as opposed to the hard, the asymmetry; as opposed to the structure of the grid. With a storied past of working as a florist and gardener, I have always tried to keep this side separate from my studio practice. This body of work unabashedly celebrates the hybrid in me. Inspired by images from worthless seed and plant catalogs that I receive in my Manhattan mailbox, I take clues from an image, generally cut it up and glue it right on to the work. Some of these collages become oil paintings. I am in essence, gardening with paint and paper.
Exhibitions include Eyebuzz Gallery, chashama, NYC Technical College and Educational Alliance (upcoming). Received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Barbara Deming Fund. Education: BS Visual Arts, SUNY New Paltz, Diploma Landscape Design, SUNY Ulster, Lower East Side Printshop.