Growing up in scenic Northwest New Jersey greatly influenced my art work from an early age.  Trips to Canada, Adirondacks, Maine and working at Rutgers U environmental camp furthered my love of the outdoors and influenced my painting subject matter.

       Education includes a BS from U of Rhode Island ('72) and an MAE from RI School of Design ('89). In 1996 I studied "The Major Paintings of Winslow Homer", Syracuse U.

     Painting instructors have been Betty Lou Schlemm, MA, John Loughlin, RI, and currently, Judy Taylor and Philip Frey, ME.  I taught high school art in RI and watercolor workshops in RI and on Mount Desert Island.  I have juried into numerous art shows and won awards in sculpture, pen & ink, photography and watercolor plus have illustrated several booklets.

       Since retiring to Southwest Harbor ME in 2012, I have shown work at Bar Harbor Savings & Loan, Southwest Harbor Public Library, Bass Harbor Memorial Library, Northeast Harbor Library, Jesup Library, Quietside Gallery, Shaw Gallery and ArtWaves. 

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