My life as an artist began when I was 15. My art teacher submitted one of my pieces, a clown made from twisted wire and bits of metal, into a competition sponsored by a local department store in upstate New York. Much to everyone's surprise, I won!
In college, I was hired as a portrait painter at a local department store in Ithaca, NY. My success was cleary within department stores!
After graduating from Cornell University, I spent two years teaching in a Venezuelan Art School, (Instituto de Diseño) operated by the Fundacíon Neumann. At the same time, I was an assistant art director at an advertising agency, Young & Rubicam de Venezuela, with headquarters in New York City.
Returning to Paris, I spent 6 years working in advertising, first at Regidé, a small advertising agency specializing in real estate. Later, I became an assistant designer for Dupuy-Compton Associées, a division of Comptons, New York. The firm was later purchased by the famous London based firm, Satchi and Satchi.
Upon returning to the States in 1978, I worked as a designer and enrolled in the George Washington University where I completed a Master of Fine Arts degree with a major in Visual Communication. At the same time, I founded Circle Studio, Inc. a graphic design and marketing firm that continues today. Currently, however, my main emphasis is on painting and jewelry design.
My love of painting took a serious turn when I met Robert White (Bob), who became my teacher and mentor, Bob’s style and technique recall the Renaissance and later Dutch and Flemish painters. Luminosity is achieved through a spectrum of intense lights and darks under a series of glazes.
My paintings have been exhibited in Virginia, at the TAG Gallery in the old Post Office Building of Old Town Fairfax, at Millwood Gallery, sponsored twice a year by the Berryville/Clark County Chamber of Commerce in Millwood, and Aldie Mill in Aldie, Virginia. I exhibited at Artery 717, in Old Town Alexandria in 2009 and at the Adam Lister Gallery in Fairfax, Virginia in 2011 for a group show of the Art Director’s Club of Metropolitan Washington. In 2010, I had a one-woman show at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC.
I am presently a member of the Columbia Pike Artists Studios (CPAS) where we hold open studios and exhibits regularly.
In addition to my artistic activities, I love to travel and discover other cultures. My husband is French, and we have spent a lot of time in his country.
I am a mother of three, a grandmother of two little boys, and the owner of a chocolate lab mix rescue dog.