An enthusiastic artist as a child, I put the practice aside when I chose to major in English, and worked as a writer and editor for many years. In 2007, at age 36, I attended a collaging workshop on a lark, and I've been making up for lost time ever since. Last spring, I left my most recent career after 15 years as a professional organizer due to the severity of my ME/CFS, and I'm now a full-time artist, a lifelong dream (the art part, not the disability part). I have exhibited in many open studios and shows in the Boston area, including almost a decade in West Medford Open Studios. I'm a member of the Medford Arts Center, Inc (MACI) and served on its board for two years. I live in Medford, Massachusetts with my husband Andrew and daughter Ilana (also an artist).
Most of my work has been in collage and assemblage with found materials. I enjoy the challenge of working within limitations, and I also love transforming turning potential landfill into something beautiful. The papers come from magazines, calendars, old books and letters, anything that catches my attention. I like found objects in wood, glass, metal, and occasionally plastic, especially if they’re broken, worn, or patina-ed in some way. Of course free stuff is best, but I’m willing to spend a little money if I find something awesome at a thrift shop or antique show (Brimfield is the best!). Each piece grows organically. I start with one or two elements, and add more as feels necessary. Sometimes I stop almost right away; sometimes the piece becomes very complex. The final result often manages to be both a surprise and strangely familiar at the same time. Most recently, I have started working in gouache (opaque watercolor) from life.
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