I was introduced to painting at a young age by my neighbors and amazing artists, Lou Marak and Philomene Bennett. I have since been painting my whole life what I have come to understand as the internal landscapes of my mind- pictures about how I interpret and experience life.

 

The paintings unfold gradually, intuitively. Through layers of accrued oil paint, points of departure that lead the to new places. The pictures are open-ended.  Titles are not narrations or definitions, but words that leave the viewer space to draw their own inferences from the architecture of their own private imaginations.

 

I believe in an abundance of goodness and beauty and in our individual responsibility to cultivate this within ourselves so that we can share it with one another. My work is about this – about this process of nurturing something into bloom. Being self- taught has given me the freedom to break all of the rules I never knew and the freedom to paint without fear. I rejoice in this freedom-it keeps me painting from the inside out, happy and sincere.

 

Education:

The Sorbonne University, Paris France, MA
The University Lyon ll, Lyon France, License
The University of Oregon, Eugene Oregon, BA

 

Selected Exhibitions:

2003 Webster’s Wine Bar, Chicago
2004-2006 Around the Coyote Art Festival, Chicago
2005 David Leonardis Gallery, Chicago
2006- Solo Show ‘Translations’, The Open Door Gallery, Chicago, IL
2006- Group Show, Anderson Law and Fine Arts, Kansas City, MO
2006  Group Show, The Center For Psychoanalytic Study, Chicago, IL
2006- Hot Chocolate, Chicago, IL
2006-Works from Gallery Artists, Water Street Gallery, MI
2006 Solo Show  ‘Unusual Landscapes’ Takohl Gallery, Chicago
2007 Solo Show Studio 110 Salon, Chicago
2007 La Biennale di Venezia, (Venice Biennale) ‘13×17’ Curated by Philippe Devario and Jean Blanchaert, Murano Venice, Italy
2007 Solo Show ‘Non In Vendita’, Kyo Gallery Curated by  Antonella Pisilli, Viterbo, Italy
2007 Group Show with Byron Gin, The Uncommon Ground, Chicago, IL
2008- Milk and Honey, Chicago, IL
2008- The Blue Bird, Chicago, IL
2008 Sheraton Suites Hotel, Kansas City MO
2008 ‘Beneath the Surface’ Water Street Gallery, MI
2009 Artetre Gallery, Venice, Italy
2009 ‘Cool Carvings’ Eva Reynolds Gallery, Leawood KS
2009 ‘6×6’, Water Street Gallery, MI
2010 Solo Show Access Advertising, Kansas City, MO
2010 ‘Bizarre Bazaar’, Chicago Art Source Gallery, Chicago
2010 Solo Show ‘Pink’  Akira Fashion, Chicago
2010 Solo Show ‘New Works From Italy’, Webster’s Wine Bar, Chicago
2010-2012 Around the Coyote Art Festival, Chicago
2011 Solo Show ‘Process’ Chicago Art Source Gallery, Chicago
2011 Randolph Art Festival, Chicago, IL
2012 The One Of A Kind Show, The Merchandise Mart, Chicago
2013 The Center For Psychoanalytic Study, Chicago, IL
2013 ‘Chicago Six’, Chicago Art Source Gallery, Chicago
2014 New Works by Gallery Artists, Chicago Art Source Gallery, Chicago
2014 Solo Show Miller Bakery Restaurant, Miller Beach IN
2014 Lake Street Gallery, Miller Beach IN
2014 Solo Show ‘Oil Poems’, Marshall J. Gardner Center of the Arts, Miller Beach IN
2015 Solo Show ‘Recent Works from Paris’, Rush Bar Paris

 

Movies/Film:

2013 ‘Lucy’ Short Story, Jason Madeja
2014 ‘Crisis’ NBC, Episode 3

 

Publications:

2008 ‘Biennale Venice 13×17’, Philippe Devario and Jean Blanchaert, Catalogue Edition Rizzoli.
2013 ‘Gallery Guide’, April Cover, Louise Blouin Media
2015 Featured Artist, Lake Life Magazine, Michigan City IN

 

Projects/ Workshops:

2007 ‘Bird House Project’, Collaboration with Architect and Vision and G-Engineering,  Bomarzo Italy
2007  ‘Sicily Lab 2007’ Participated in workshops and Jury led by Professor Antonino Saggio, University of Rome La Sapienza, Gioiosa-Marea Sicily
2008  Guest Lecturer, “Using Goals in Design”, Professor Antonino Saggio The University of Architecture Rome, Rome Italy
2008  ‘stARTrek The Next Generation’ Curated by Antonella Pisilli, Palazzo Orsini, Bomarzo Italy