I create black and white drawings that capture agricultural heritage and iconic themes in contrasting light. Based in Maryland, I travel to fascinating locations exploring fields, historic farms, and grain stories. I draw in charcoal, graphite, pastel, and more recently, color pencil constructing an interplay of lines, textures, and contrasts while simultaneously shining a light on the new grain revival.
As the daughter of a microbiologist and a Foreign Service officer, I was born in Holland and grew up living and traveling throughout Europe and Turkey. My parents are internationally renowned for first importing the Akbash and Kangal Dogs of Turkey to North America and instilled in me the desire to connect places with meaningful narratives. Our expat assignments profoundly impacted me by offering up visits to countless world heritage sites and international immersion. Family weekends were spent at our research basecamp near the edge of the Sivrihisar River in Central Anatolia, Turkey. Naturally, my own present day approach to field research is just as much about seeking out adventures and making discoveries, as it is about creating art that will have a meaningful impact on the viewer. In my work I explore lines, shadows, and textures weaving together representation with stylistic inventiveness while revealing hidden narratives for the viewer.
I earned a BS in Art Education K-12 from Skidmore College, NY and a MA in Drawing from SUNY. I have enjoyed teaching art for over 25 years in public and private schools, art studios, and museums. I hold a Permanent Teacher’s Certification in Art Education K-12 from NY State.
Balancing studio time with drawing, field research, teaching, and jurying exhibitions is an endless adventure. Married for twenty-three years and a mother of two sons, I also enjoy organic gardening and fishing in the Chesapeake Bay with my husband.
My art business has been designated as a "Trusted Art Seller" with The Art Storefronts Organization, which means you can shop with confidence, and know that I stand behind the quality and value of my products.