For as long as I can remember, I knew I would live my life centered on art. From hand digging clay to make pottery to threading bones (from the Thanksgiving turkey) to make jewelry, I spent my childhood experimenting with innumerable materials in pursuit of this quest.
I went off to art school in Philly (Moore College of Art and Design) searching to find the means of expression I yearned for and I tried every material I could get my hands on. I earned my BFA and at the same time a BS in Art Education.I taught in the Philadelphia school district for a short period but wanted more, and consequently I went on to gain a graduate fine arts degree.(Southern Illinois University, Graduate School of Art).
After grad school, I continued with my art and then I embarked on a new adventure as an unusual opportunity presented itself. My background with the materials, tools and anatomy to work in the medical field of orthotics made me a qualified candidate. I went from apprentice to assistant in the metal department to becoming a qualified orthotist. I specialized in the custom fabrication and fitting of both corrective and fracture bracing for patients with injuries and permanent disabilities. (From Polio to Scoliosis) I found that I was able to utilize my many skills as an artist, now in a medical profession. I worked in orthotics, in Philadelphia, at the Lewis Yellin, Co. for almost 10 years and it was incredibly rewarding.
However, change came again. I relocated back to upstate New York and my newest project was raising a daughter and son. I continued to pursue my art, still in the studio, exhibiting occasionally and sometimes working as a substitute art teacher.
Several years later, I became a founding member of The Redhouse, (Redhouse) a visual and performing arts center in Syracuse New York. I served as curator and gallery director there for several years, beginning in 2002 – 2008 and again in 2010. While hanging exhibitions and promoting other artists, I realized that I needed more time in my own studio. I started to paint more, work on new ideas and add even more projects to my repertoire, involving mannequins and a public art installation and performance. (Video Cloud Cover Performance)
Yet again, in 2012 I picked up another new tool: the camera. I fell in love and have found the digital world awe-inspiring ever since. I still paint but the camera has me mesmerized, and I find it difficult to put it down. It goes everywhere I go.
I share some of my history here, one that has had many unpredictable, exciting twists and turns along the way. I hope that in some small way my story will motivate you, proving that a life centered around art is an unpredictable adventure, waiting to be discovered. I hope that as I continue forward on my next adventure, you will join me.
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