Fine Art and Design
Studio A504 Western Avenue Studios
122 Western Avenue
Lowell, MA 01851
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Art has been a driving force in my life ever since I picked up my first crayon. Growing up in the culturally rich Greater Boston area of Massachusetts, my parents encouraged me to follow my dreams. I still remember as a child, marveling at the magnificent artwork that graced the halls of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. I have continued my education through the years in an effort to study different approaches of keeping my work fresh and exciting.
I have been a painter in the Greater Boston area for over 30 years, and began my art career as an illustrator artist designer. Desiring to encourage art in the community, I was chosen through a Federal grant program, to work as an Artist in Residence. This program allowed me to produce, promote, and teach art in a number of cities and towns north of Boston. I was a past recipient of a Massachusetts Foundation for the Arts grant, sponsored by the City of Medford Arts Council. Expanding my horizons, in 1991 I was chosen as a Rotary International Group Study Exchange team member, which brought me to Surrey and Sussex England. In 2010 I received a grant from the Lowell Cultural Council/Massachusetts Cultural Council to do a series of Paintings entitled Lowell, the Venice of America. In addition, I have received a number of Citations and Awards.
I have exhibited in a number of group and one man shows. My work can be found in many private, corporate, and government collections throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and England
I am a charter member of the Arts League of Lowell, as well as a member of the Lowell Art Association, Inc., at the Whistler House Museum of Art, and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM). I’ve also participated in workshops at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
I work in oil, graphite, pastel, and mixed media. My style of painting is eclectic in nature, ranging from Realist, to Impressionistic, to Expressionist. I work mainly as a figurative and landscape artist. My style and technique change with my mood, and where I am at, in the moment. I try to challenge myself to try new things, and experiment with materials. I can be influenced by what I’ve experienced in the past, what I am surrounded by in the present, or what my mind’s eye sees for the future. I strive to create art that nourishes my soul, and at the same time I hope it stirs emotions which speak to the viewer.
Although known primarily as a fine arts painter, my love of the creative process allows me to also be involved in many other avenues of the arts. These include teaching, consulting, interior design, decorative and mural painting, and floral design.
If there is an artistic challenge I am always eager to meet it.