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 was also lucky, as my family fully supported my goal.
I went off to art school (Moore Clleg 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 I also obtained an education (BS) degree, perhaps harkening back to my childhood and the consideration for self-survival, as I worrried about job prospects. I taught in the Philadelphia school system, 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 also worked at the Philadelphia Art Museum. I soon realized that curatorial posts were few and far between and I needed to make a move. An unusual opportunity presented itself…orthotics. My background with the materials, tools and anatomy made me a qualified candidate. I got the job, and within a few years I went from apprentice to assistant in the metal department, to becoming a qualified orthotist, and director of the department! I specialized in plastics, making fracture and corrective braces 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 (where I am originally from…) 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. through 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, I picked up another new tool: the camera. (2012) I have fallen in love and have found the digital world awe-inspiring! 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 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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