A the age of thirteen, when anyone asked me what I was going to be when I grew up, my answer was always: “an album cover designer”! I have always been as passionate about music as I am about art.
It was of course, the 1970’s, when album covers where still considered an art form, something I was always excited over.
After opening up a hair salon in Montclair, N.J.,Parlor hair studio, I put most of my creative energy into the salon and my work there and found little time or the need to paint until about a year ago. When I picked up my brushes again the first thing I started working on was the portrait of Patti Smith, one of my favorite musical artists. I can distinctly remember the first time I heard her music in my friend’s basement and it was as close to a religious experience as I’ve ever felt which is why I chose to surround her with flowers as if she were a goddess. This became the first of my “Gods and Goddesses” series of paintings.
My inspiration for the floral patterned paintings is from the bathroom in our home in the 60’s and 70’s which was decorated with floral decals and floral patterned towels. I thought these were so mod and cool and still do. A bit later it was all about Marimekko prints which I still cherish.
My father, an artist who has worked in many mediums had, in the 1960’s, created a lot of very textural abstract paintings that hung all over our house. I think this work has remained deep within me and when I recently started experimenting in more abstract/decorative paintings, some of this mid-century aesthetic unconsciously and organically appeared.
I expressed an enthusiasm for drawing at a young age so my parents, both very artistic enrolled me in art classes for children. I continued with art classes through my teenage years at a small, but wonderful private art school in Randallstown, Md. In 1993, I enrolled at Parson’s School of Design in New York , majoring in fine arts.
Group Student exhibit at Parsons School of Design, N.Y., N.Y.
“Teenage Daydream” a collection of paintings ,solo exhibit.
Parlor hair studio