As an artist, emotional empathy with people is the essence of my work. In my portraits, I portray not only a physical likeness but the human spirit. Whether working in rich oil or vibrant pastel it is always a quest to capture the unique beauty I see in everyone and everything.
I received my art education from The New York Phoenix School of Design in NYC. and The Art Center College of Art in Los Angeles, CA. I have studied in an atelier environment with Daniel Greene. I have also studied with Albert Handell, Herman Marguiles, Frank Covino and Richard Clive. I have been a Juror of Selection and Awards for local, regional, national and international competitions.
Chosen to exhibit "The Mentor" pastel portrait at The Butler Institute of American Art, Ohio Dec and Jan 2012
Received the "Flora and Joseph Giffuni Memorial Award" from the Pastel Society of America, NYC 2012 for "The Mentor" as well as
Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists "Faces of Winter" Honorable Mention 2012
Academic Artists 2012 National Juried Exhibition Honorable Mention
Rockport Art Association 2nd Summer Exhibitiom 2012 the "Robert B. Donnellly Jr. Award for Excellence in any Medium"
Official acceptance as Master Pastelist from the Pastel Society of America, NYC 2009
Accepted as Signature member of Connecticut Pastel Society of which she was a founding member 2009
Accepted as an Elected Member of Lyme Art Association, Lyme, CT. 2008
. Won third National award in the 2007 PSA Exhibition in NYC National Arts Club
Faculty member of the Amory Art Center in West Palm Beach, FL.
Arranged and directed the first art workshop program for the Anguilla Inernational Arts Festival in Anguilla,BWI. This included recruiting and retaining on contract four distinguished American artists, each specializing in specific mediums.
Conducted exclusive 2-week long workshops for experienced artists to attain a more professional level in their painting careers (selected by their portfolios).
Conducted a two week workshop for the Hole in the Wall Camp in Ashford, CT.
I was an artist in residence, St. Maarten, NA, for gifted children and for teachers.
Organized a Summer Mission Program: a special study group of gifted youing adults in preparation for further education.
Artist in Residence, Connecticut Public Schools, under the auspices of the Milford, CT Fine Arts Council.
Teacher of Portrait Painting, Quinnipiac College, Hamden, CT.
Director Art Instruction Program, Cheshire,Ct. via teaching grant from the Connecticut Commission for the Arts, Hartford, CT.
Founder and Director of the Post Academy of Fine Arts, Cheshire, CT.
Elected Professional Memberships
Pastel Society of America, signature member and MASTER PASTELIST
American Artist Professional League
Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club
Connecticut Women Artists
Connecticut Pastel Society, Signature Member
New Haven Paint and Clay Club
Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists
Lyme Art Association, elected member
Rockport Art Association
Academic Artists Association