Artist Info



In my paintings and prints I use elements from the world which surrounds me.  I like painting people engaged in activities.  Some are like snapshots, scenes of daily life.  Although they are personal, they are not exclusively autobiographical.  Others are more complicated, often with religious or mythological themes.   I consider my works to be  narrative and I seek to create a unique world where imagination and reality are melded into a new experience.  


My work varies in scope from small, quick studies directly from life to more ambitious and complex stories with multiple figures. These works generally present a re-creation of an event in which I use elements from my other paintings, from current culture and from art history.  With the aids of memory and imagination I seek to amplify feelings and insights which are commonly held but often buried beneath the humdrum activities of daily life.



Originally from Galveston, Texas, I spent my early years in the western US and moved to New Orleans, LA during childhood. I attended college at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts. I loved the culture of south Louisiana where I grew up-its classical architecture and beauty and devout Roman Catholicism, its undercurrent of Caribbean rhythms and African dance: its laissez-faire attitude toward living. These themes continue to influence my work today. After living in various locations in the US including Minneapolis, MN and Durham, NC; my family and I relocated to Paris, France, where I studied with Stanley William Hayter at his printmaking studio, Atelier 17. I then moved to upstate New York with my husband and three sons, where my surroundings continued to shape my work. It was there that I decided to focus on the tradition of painterly realism. Influences include American painters: Jane Freilcher, Paul Georges, Wayne Thiebaud, Neil Welliver, Leland Bell and Fairfield Porter. 

I currently have studio space in downtown Schenectady, NY and have work in the permanent collection of the Albany Institute of History and Art as well as in private collections in the United States. I have shown my work in juried shows such as the Hudson Mohawk Regional, in the Albany Institute of History and Art, the Saratoga Arts Center, The Bowery Gallery and in the East End Arts Gallery in Riverhead, NY. 







1983-84    University of North Carolina, Printmaking

1981-82    Atelier 17, Paris, France, Printmaking with Stanley Hayter

1969-74    Louisiana State University, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting



2016   Art in Public Places Series: Saratoga Springs Train Station, April – May, Saratoga Springs, NY 

2015 Bowery Gallery 24th Annual Juried Competition, New York, NY

2015 Canajoharie Library: Arkell Museum Invitational Show, Canajoharie, NY

2015 East End Arts, 4th Annual National Show, Riverhead, NY

2015 The Fence Show, The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY

2015 Saratoga Arts Center Members Hall Show: Icons, Illuminations And Etc.  Saratoga Springs, NY

2015 Saratoga Visitors Center, Landscapes: Saratoga Spa State Park and The Erie Canal, Saratoga Springs, NY     

2015 Saratoga Springs Public Library, Artists in Action Program demonstration: Illuminations & Icons

2015 Times Union Home Show 2015

2014 Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region

2014 The Arkell Museum Juried Show, Canajoharie, NY

2014 The Albany Center Gallery Members Show, Albany , NY

2014 The Garrison Arts Center – “Small Works” Juried Show, Garrison, NY       

2014 Art in Public Places, Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

2014 The Fence Show, The Arts Center, Troy, NY

2014 "Small and Seductive: Contemporary Art from the Institute's Collection," Albany Institute of History and Art

2014 Upstate 88 Group Show, William K. Sanford Memorial Library, Colonie, NY

2014 "Mardi Gras, Ballet Dancers and Pegasus The Flying Horse," Saratoga Public Library, Saratoga Springs, NY

2014  Winners’ Three Person Show, Piermont/Flywheel Gallery, Piermont, NY

2014  “Landscapes: Thacher Park and the Mohawk Valley”, Clifton Park Library, NY

2013  Members Show, Albany Center Gallery, Albany, NY

2012  Fence Show, The Arts Center, Troy, NY

2012   Members Show, Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

2012   Members Show, Albany Center Gallery, Albany, NY

2012   “Illuminations” show, Broadway Art Center, Albany, NY

2012   “Illuminations and Icons,” Chapel and Cultural Center, Troy, NY

2011   “Illuminations, Etcetera”, Visions Gallery, Albany, NY

2010     Group exhibit, Crandall Memorial Gallery, Albany, NY

2009   Schenectady Civic Playhouse, Schenectady, NY

2008   “Twentieth Anniversary Exhibit, Fenimore Gallery, Proctor’s Theater

2008  “Saratoga Inside Out”, Saratoga County Arts Center, Saratoga, NY

2007    “The Girls Downstairs”, Guild Room Gallery, Proctor’s, Schenectady, NY

2006   “Recent Still Lifes”, 440 Working Gallery, Schenectady

2005   Albany Center Gallery, Solo show, Albany

2004   “The New Figuration”, The Arts Center, Saratoga County Arts Council

2004   Cyclics International Corporate Offices, Schenectady

2004   440 Working Gallery, Schenectady

2003   Cyclics International Corporate Offices, Schenectady

2001   Adams St. Gallery, Delmar, NY

2000   Emma Willard Academy, Troy, NY

1999   “Recent Paintings and Prints”, Visions Gallery, Schenectady

1998   “Tenth Anniversary Exhibition”,LuLu Gallery, Albany

1997   Two person exhibit, Schoharie County Arts Council, Cobleskill, NY

1996   Emma Willard Academy, Troy

1996   “Three Women—Personal Narratives,” Wells College, Aurora, NY

1996   “Inner Visions,” Albany




2014  2nd Place, Members Show, Albany Center Gallery, Albany, NY 

2014 Cooperstown National Juried Competition, Cooperstown, NY

2014 Fence Select, The Arts Center, Troy, NY

2014 First Street Gallery National Juried Competition, New York, NY.  

2014  “Attitude”, Piermont/Flywheel Gallery, Juried Exhibition, Second Place,

                 Piermont, NY

2012   “Black and White”,Woodstock School of Art Juried Print Show,

Woodstock, NY

2012  Arkell Art Museum Annual Juried Exhibit, Canajoharie, NY

2012  Fence Select Exhibit, The Arts Center, Troy, NY

1998   Museum Purchase Award, Mohawk Hudson Regional, Albany Institute of Art and History

1995   Special Opportunity Stipend, Rensselear County Arts Council

1994   Gallery 84, New York, NY

1993   Mari Galleries, Marmaroneck, NY

1992   First Street Gallery, Juried Competition, New York City

1992   Youngwood Art Nationals, Youngwood, PA

1991   Bowery Gallery Juried Competition, NYC

1990   Cooperstown National Competition, Cooperstown, NY

1988   Juror’s Award, Rensselaer County Council for the Arts Landscape Competition




I would be glad to consider proposals for commissioned work. Please see the Purchase/Contact section for more information.







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