In early childhood, my love affair with the face began. Studying paintings of the Masters,
I returned to my native Philadelphia after nearly 20 years working as a film and television makeup artist in Los Angeles, California. While shooting on location, I was exposed to people and cultures rich in color & imagery. It was during this time, that I began to study and develop my art.....
After working and traveling in Africa, a passion for the tribal decorations of these proud people merged into my unique style of portraiture. I began to paint in color for the first time, and I jumped in with both feet!! The contrast between the chaotic colors of the subjects’ personal decorations and their quiet dignity are intended to draw the viewer into a world where these exhilarating colors lead to a peace within.
My mediums are acrylic or oil on canvas, paper, or wood panel. Occasionally, there is a textural addition of sawdust, shredded paper, sand or eggshell. Brushes, palette knife, and latex gloves are my vehicles.
2009 NOMA Art Festival, featured artist, Phila, Pa
West Chester University, Pa
Philadelphia Art Alliance (artist)