Artist statement

Always starting from direct observation, my work allows for slippage between things that are recognizable and the abstract. My paintings and drawings are reactions to objects both fabricated and found. Although I am describing the experience of the object in my proximity, I am always listening to what is developing within the painting as a point of departure. I am always looking for a dynamic reciprocity between visual perception and an invisible kind of poetry. 




2017 Masters of Fine Arts,  Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts – Philadelphia, PA, 

2003 PA State Teaching Art Education Certification, K-12  Millersville University – Millersville, PA 

1998 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Tyler School of Art – Philadelphia, PA 



2004 to Present - Art Educator, Conestoga Valley School District – Lancaster, PA 

2017 - Guest Artist and lecturer, Susquehanna University - Selinsgrove, PA 

2016 - Teaching Assistant for Renee Foulks, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine arts - Philadelphia PA 

2003 to 2004 – Art Educator, Lampeter Strasburg School District – Lampeter, PA 

1994 Assitant Drawing Instructor at the Pennsylvania Govenor's School for the Art.


EXHIBITIONS (selected) 

2017 “Tales from Otherware” A Centotto exhibit in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and Hosted by The Buggy Factory 

2017 “Presence”, Tuttleman Gallery at the Pennsylvania School of Fine Arts – Philadelphia PA 

2016 “Co-Optics”, PHAZE2 gallery at Shepherd University – Shepherdstown, WV 

2015 “Proximity” an exhibition of the Founding members of – Rosemont PA 

2014 Group exhibition at The Community Gallery – Lancaster PA 

2013 Fifth Annual Figurative Exhibition, 2nd place award – Lore Degenstein Gallery – Selinsgrove, PA 

2005 Annual Juried Art Exhibition, 2nd place award - Lancaster Museum of Art