In 1970, my artistic life started as a graphic designer. In 1972, I moved to American Samoa as their first high school art teacher and began making pottery. After moving back to the continental US, I spent 35 years as a studio potter, beginning with a small retail business and exhibiting in a multitude of craft fairs. I then owned and operated the Mad River Valley Craft Fair in Waitsfield, VT.
During these years, painting was my portable art medium while traveling. My functional work moved on to ceramic sculpture when I moved back to the Boston area in 1986. Many of these works revolved around strong women, home and narratives. When I transitioned to ceramic shard mosaics, I continued to create my own “mythology”. Some of the stories are personal, while others are universal. I love using a variety of textures, patterns, movement and color.
I maintain a balance between studio and public art. I am passionate about bringing artists together and having art bring the community together. Art engages people of all walks of life, ages and backgrounds. Touching color, by itself, is a healing and energizing process.
Ceramic shard mosaics make what was once broken into a new whole. My community mosaic murals have been permanently installed in schools, libraries, hospitals and synagogues and are created with varying sizes of groups, with up to 750 individuals working on a single project.
One of my proudest achievements has been bringing “Studios Without Walls” to thousands of visitors each year to view site specific sculpture. We have had close to 85 artists over the past 23 years and have won numerous grants, supporting artists with honorariums for their installations in Brookline and other satellite venues in the greater Boston area. All these installations are free and accessible to the public.
Since Covid, I have resumed painting with upcycling banners using returned house paint samples. The series is called “Hello Earth” and celebrates the beauty of the planet.