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“Nothing is more abstract than reality.”
–Giorgio Morandi (1890 – 1964)

My work reflects a sense of place, the worlds I live in – New York City and the coast of Maine. In these distinct environments, I’m equally moved by weather, light, and atmosphere, and their effect on forms both natural and manmade.

The poetry and beauty I encounter in the urban landscape, otherwise littered with the debris of humankind, is as transformative as the subtleties and spectacle of nature that surround me in Maine. Studying at Pratt in the late seventies, I “grew up” as an abstract painter but slowly gravitated to landscape, using nature as a vocabulary. A challenge at first, living in the city, but then I began spending time on the water, sometimes working with my husband on his tug in New York harbor. I was astounded to discover how nature intrudes itself in even the most gritty, inhospitable, industrial landscapes.

The natural beauty in Maine, by comparison, is so spectacular that the challenge here is to find a very personal way to distill and record this experience. In my work, I attempt to present the nuances of nature and thought, to tread that fragile edge between description and invention.

Bio

Education:

B.F.A. Painting, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York


Solo Exhibitions:

Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, Maine 2011

Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, Maine 2009

Grace Institute, New York, N.Y. 2006
Mary Delahoyd Gallery, New York, N. Y. 1999
Mary Delahoyd Gallery, New York, N.Y. 1995
Mary Delahoyd Gallery, New York, N.Y. 1992
Mary Delahoyd Gallery, New York, N.Y. 1991


Selected Group Exhibitions:

Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, Maine 2013

Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, N.Y. 2013

Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, Maine 2012

Shaw, Northeast Harbor, Maine 2012

A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, N.Y. 2011

Rotunda Gallery/BRIC Arts, Brooklyn, N.Y.  2011

Arsenal Gallery, New York, N.Y. 2010
Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, Maine 2010
Blum Gallery, College of the Atlantic, Mt. Dessert, Maine 2009
Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, Maine 2008
Moss Gallery, North East Harbor, Maine 2008
DFN Gallery, New York, N.Y. 2008
Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, Maine 2007
Girls Club, New York, N.Y. 2007
DFN Gallery, New York, N.Y. 2007
DFN Gallery, New York, N. Y. 2005
DFN Gallery, New York, N.Y. 2004
Poughkeepsie Art Museum Gallery, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 2004
Bonnie Andretta Fine Art, Hudson, N. Y. 2004
DFN Gallery, New York, N. Y. 2003
DFN Gallery, New York, N.Y. 2002
r squared gallery, New York, N.Y.  2002
Atlantic Gallery, New York, N.Y. 1998
Atlantic Gallery, New York, N.Y. 1996
La Perla Gallery, New York, N.Y.
Mary Delahoyd Gallery, New York, N. Y. 1993
Washington Square East Galleries, New York, N.Y. 1990
Mary Delahoyd Gallery, New York, N.Y. 1989
Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, N. Y. 1986
Editorial Director, Universe Books/Rizzoli


Selected Titles:
Universe Series on Women Artists
JENNY HOLZER
LOUISE BOURGEOIS
SUZANNE VALADON
FRIDA KAHLO
FRAGILE ECOLOGIES: Artists Interpretations and Solutions
VOICING OUR VISIONS: An Anthology of Writings by Women Artists
VOICING TODAYS VISION: An Anthology of Writings by Contemporary Women Artists
LORNA SIMPSON: For the Sake of the Viewer


Independent Curator:

WOMEN WORKING  Grace Institute, New York, N.Y.  2008

WHAT DO WE LOOK LIKE?; A Photography Exhibit Celebrating Diversity VCS New York, N.Y. 2005

 

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