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 University environmental camp furthered my love of the outdoors and helped me express my ideas in painting.

       Education includes a BS from University of Rhode Island (1972) and an MAE from Rhode Island School of Design (1989). In 1996 I studied "The Major Paintings of Winslow Homer", Syracuse University, under David Tatham. 

     Painting instructors have been Betty Lou Schlemm, Rockport MA, John Loughlin, RI, and currently, Judy Taylor and Philip Frey.  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 Mount Desert Island 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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