ABOUT the artist
Growing up in Rhode Island makes me feel like New England lives in my bones…but the mountains of Asheville, NC feels more like home. Although I wanted to attend art school it was not supported by those who felt it would not be a way to financial freedom. I believed them. So I took as many art classes as I could in various places. “Just for fun”
I attended the Rhode Island School of Photography and then owned and operated a successful photography studio for thirteen years..
In 2006 I was called back to the canvas. I had missed the visceral, organic and relational feel of painting. I put the camera down professionally and busted out the paint and canvas!”
By 2011 my career blasted off and I was featured on the cover of top 50 “Artist to Watch” by Art Business News Magazine.
I consider myself an outsider artist (non art schooled) who got in the “inside club” (highly successful gallery represented artist club). At one point my work was represented internationally by over 20 galleries with private and public collections from the U.S to New Zealand and has sold over 500 paintings worldwide. My career was on fire and everyone was happy, until I wasn’t. Honestly…
I needed to connect on a deeper level not only with my work, but to create an expanded version of myself.
So, in 2017 I pulled all the art from all the galleries for a 2 year sabbatical to recalibrate as an artist.
Whether you view my work in galleries or my studio, the art now speaks the language of the heart like never before.
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Previous gallery representation cities/Solo/Group Exhibition Cities
Asheville, NC - Boston, MA - Charlotte, NC - Chicago, IL - Dallas, TX - Denver, CO - Lennox, MA - Miami, FL Newberry, NC - New Hope, PA - New York, NY - Pinehurst, NC - Raleigh, NC - Rochester, NY - Sante Fe, NM - Sarasota, FL - Toronto, ON
• 2012-2016 Monthly workshops in Raleigh, NC
• 2017 2018 2019 Sedona Art Center
• 2016 Mendocino, CA
• 2016 2017 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
• 2016 British Columbia
• Great Britain
• New Zealand