Biography

Born in the Detroit, I migrated to New York City in the throes of the hippy and feminist revolution. Since the mid-70’s I resided, painted and most often exhibited in the East Village/NYC vicinity. I am currently represented by Carter Burden Gallery in Chelsea, NYC. My paintings have been selected for juried exhibitions by numerous artists and curators such as Alice Neel, Barbara Ess, Paterson Sims, Barbara Haskell and Paulina Pobocha of MOMA. My paintings have been written about by Gary Indiana in New York Magazine and Joe Voitko in Review Magazine. I am a published author of a book of my prose and paintings.

My art career was deeply affected by my East Village artists’ community– a group of anti-establishment visual artists, musicians and writers, including David Wojnarowicz, Peter Hujar, Gary Indiana, Bill Rice and John Lurie, Richard Morrison and Larry Mitchell. I recently completed a project exploring the impact of this community on our culture through their contributions in music, theatre, literature and fine arts. This project also exposes the underlying forces that can either fuel or undermine any artists career. See the The Bar Project on this website.

My studies in Paris, Detroit and NYC culminated in a Master’s degree in Creativity Development from Pratt Institute. In addition to painting, I designed and led two grant-funded community art service programs in New York City and in post-Katrina New Orleans. I also developed a creative arts therapy program at a large New York City hospital. I spent the bulk of my artistic career painting but over the last several years, I have expanded my methods to include photography, prints, books and web projects.