As with my music, my artwork reflects balance, rhythm and harmony.
A little history . . . Climbing the iconic steps where Sylvester Stallone where trained for his role in the film Rocky, I attended classes at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and marveled at the phenomenal work of legendary artists displayed in the galleries. I took additional painting and drawing classes at the Moore Institute of Art where I received a scholarship for additional studies.
When I moved to Massachusetts, I had the opportunity to study painting, etching and collograph techniques with some wonderful teachers at the Decordova Museum as well as Northeastern University.
Then I moved to Columbia, Maryland, and I soon—and unexpectedly—discovered that I had a talent as a singer. Wow! Who saw that coming? My focus shifted away from visual art to music, and I embarked on a 30-year career as a jazz vocalist. I put away my brushes and paints and embarked on a long and amazing career in music. I have had the pleasure of recording and performing with world-class musicians at premier venues in the Mid-Atlantic region and abroad. I recorded several CDs, receiving several prestigious awards for my original lyrics and music.
I also began a graphic design business, and continue to design websites and promotional materials for the music industry, non-profits and business clients. www.jazzpalette.com
When I began having vocal difficulties a few years ago, I began to experience a strong impulse to return to my first love, the creation of visual images. I set up a space to work, gathered up some art supplies and got busy.
I especially enjoy creating portraits, seeking the humanity and spark of each of my subjects and establishing an intimate bond with their essence.
I delight in the unpremeditated joy and freedom of creating abstract imagery, using the mediums of watercolor, ink, acrylic and pastels. Intuition and inspiration emerge, and the finished art rarely bears any resemblance to my original concept.
There are no boring subjects. You must find the magic in each. Every time.
Fine Arts Education
DeCordova Museum School, MA
Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts, NJ
Moore Institute of Art, PA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA
Recent Regional Exhibits
Charles County Arts Alliance, MD
Columbia Art Center, MD
Maryland Art Place, MD
Exhibizone 2023 Tears And Smiles, international
Gallerium Art Prize, international
• Graphite portraits GRAY DAY and CARL GRUBBS, ArtAscent Magazine, Canada
• Painting OCEAN CYAN, Artistonish Magazine, Canada
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