A native New Yorker, I have an accomplished creative life in chapters - a native and resident New Yorker, owning a Master's in Illustration from Syracuse University.
I have lived in Bethlehem, Springtown, and Philadelphia,PA; Bloomington,IN; Manhattan, Staten Island, East Hampton, NY; now a resident of Philadelphia, PA.
Always contented in my own company, this hasn’t changed.
Solo exhibits of paintings and illustrations were at the Society of Illustrators, New York, NY, December, 2010 and The National Arts Club, New York, NY December, 2009 where she is an artist/exhibiting member.
I am also a long-time member of the Author's Guild and Graphic Artist's Guild.
In the 1970’s starting out professionally, I was a newspaper designer at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN at the School of Journalism 1975-77. Moving back East, I was a successful graphic designer, editor, illustrator at Temple University's publications office in Philadelphia, 1977-81.
As a freelancer, I did television commercial storyboards for Young & Rubicam Advertising and Zanders Animation Studio, New York, NY, 1977-78.
In the 1980’s I freelanced for Lafayette ,St. Francis deSales
deSales Colleges, doing publications; working as well for Lehigh University and Penn State, Allentown on several successful projects. My favorite and most most recognizable work from that era was for Donegal Square in Bethlehem, PA.
A featured muralist for Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA 1985-87, I showed paintings locally there now and then in the Lehigh Valley area. She
I began painting in earnest finishing large oils and watercolors in the late 1980's. In an inspired decision, I attended Syracuse University 1992-94 on a grant to do graduate work in Illustration.
Also from 1982-94, I restored my historic
home, an 1838 stone farmhouse outside Springtown, Bucks County.
I did carpentry creating exterior doors (still in use), cabinets, and shelving; sewed all the drapes and slipcovers and household upholstery; painted self-designed period stenciling, a wall mural, and exterior projects; and gardened having an herb, vegetable and annual gardens of zinnias and roses.
An accomplished cook - I regularly smoked fish and fowl, canned garden vegetables - and absolutely loved creating farm-to-table meals well before it was a trend. My original recipe boxes and books are filled with my recipes for brines, braisings, breads, and menus from that era.
My childhood experience working in a family-owned florist in New York for many years gave me hands-on design and color skills, along with very developed sewing and cooking abilities.
In January,1995, I moved to Manhattan initially working at The Society of Illustrators as a research librarian from 1993-1996. Nothing she wanted professionally went as hoped or planned as a book illustrator/designer. With tedious pavement-pounding to introduce her picture books to editors, I got one book published with Macmillan. The rest of the books, unpublished, are still in their respective portfolios to this day.
During this time I began to build a private collector base for my oil and watercolor paintings. Regularly attending life-drawing classes at the Society of Illustrators and downtown in the West Village at The Spring Street School, life-drawing was always a strong suit of mine, whereas the business skill of selling art was not and still is not.
Returning to her college publications expertise, I worked as the Chief Editor/Writer of the alumni Prattfolio 1995-97 at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn and doing freelance storyboards for Jim Henson Studios for movie and television show development; for The New York Post as a freelance photographer, 2003-2006.
A participant in the World Trade Center Memorial Competition in 2002 I have an Artist's Registry photography portfolio on the World Trade Center Memorial Museum web-site. I am also one of the original invited artists to join the Saatchi Gallery, London website in 2007.
Now in Philadelphia, my creative life has come full circle. My best work as a painter, illustrator, and photographer lies ahead of me.
My home, Cogshill, the historic residence built by the renown commercial book illustrator, Jessie Willcox Smith in 1915, has been restored to reflect its' honored and creative past. The studio where I now work has an inspired history where I inend to leave my own indelible mark in art.
- December, 2018