About the Artist
I am mostly a self- taught artist. Over the years, I have been refining and enhancing my skills, especially my talent as a portrait artist and painter. I received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and business administration, from the University at Albany, NY with primary concentrations in printmaking and art history.
Beforehand, I spent two years at Potsdam State discovering the world of pottery and education. Since graduating, my work path has mostly gravitated towards business administration fields, where jobs have been more readily available.
My passion for fine arts started at an early age. When given the option to play with friends and toys versus paper, crayons and watercolors, the latter would always win, hands down!
During my childhood years, I was introduced to calligraphy and pen & ink at the Schenectady Planetarium & Science Museum. Those were my first real art lessons, as the family budget was tight at the time, and it was all that my mom and dad could afford. They noticed I had an ability to draw, which may have come from my mom who loved making crafts.
It was then I discovered that art would always play an integral and important part in my life, bringing me great joy, satisfaction, and a feeling of accomplishment that no other profession could.
Many years have gone by since my first formative art lessons.
Commissions from my artwork came first from friends and family. Beginning with
requests to paint their beloved pets, as a lasting memory of how they brought joy and happiness into their lives. The best moments have been witnessing the emotional reactions once the paintings were completed. That’s when I feel I’ve done my job capturing the essence of their pet. These paintings were part of numerous art gifts throughout the years, especially when our finances were strained. Additionally, I have made many hand painted cards, created murals and renderings for schools and churches. One of my fondest memories was that of a painting I presented to Holy Family Church of Syracuse, New York.
Many of my inspirations come from people, animals, and nature that have touched my life in a special way.
With my profound love and joy for making art, I now dedicate my time to working in my studio; teaching, volunteering, and being with my husband and children. I am grateful for the opportunities that continue to present themselves, as I explore and grow as an artist.